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How to be a disability ally

The Abled Lawyer


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There are lots of ways you can get involved with furthering disability inclusion both in the workplace and in wider society. There’s so much power an individual possesses when it comes to creating cultural change for better disability inclusion.

Sometimes people think diversity and inclusion is a scary topic with hours of required reading. Of course, it’s important to do this and delve deeper into the issues groups face in society, however taking small steps is also incredibly important in becoming a dependable ally.

Here are a few ways in which you can kickstart your disability allyship:

  • Write your own post or share a post on social media to raise awareness of UK Disability History Month 2022.
  • Listen to the experiences of different disabled people either by reading books or listening to podcasts created by disabled authors.
  • In a work environment, engage with your disability networks to build relationships with their members so you can better collaborate and help push forward disability inclusion in your organisation.
  • Amplify the voices of disabled people’s ideas and stories. You could leverage your social media influence to elevate new voices and ideas from disabled people.
  • For the legal profession, read The Legally Disabled Research Report 2020, which documents the lived experiences of disabled people in the profession. It also provides recommendations on how to improve the lived experiences of disabled people in law by highlighting the steps needed to remove the barriers they may face.

For further insight into the diversity and inclusion work happening in the legal profession, head to LawCareers.Net’s Diversity hub, sponsored by Gowling WLG (UK) LLP