A guide to why, when and how to share your story of disability or ill health at work
In 2013 the government launched its Disability Confident campaign, and changed the conversation around disability. They started to talk about the power of the purple pound; a bit like the use of the term ‘grey pound’ to denote the spending power of older consumers or the term ‘pink pound’ to denote the spending power of people from the LGBT community.
The following year, PurpleSpace CEO Kate Nash, launched the publication ‘Secrets & Big News’ which set out to find out why it is difficult for people to share information about their disability at work. It opened up the question about how we all feel about the word ‘disability’.
Since our launch in 2015 PurpleSpace has been driving new conversations about disability at work and challenging the language we use to make it easier for thousands of talented disabled people to bring their authentic selves to work. We are proud to talk about 'purple talent' and of our role in growing a purple community that helps other disabled people looking for employment to notice that they are not on their own.
Our latest publication Purple Stories provides advice to make it easier for employees to decide why, when and how to share their story of disability for business and personal gain.
We hope that this publication helps you to join the purple movement of storytelling.