As part of Disability History Month, I’m delighted to have Steph Cutler on this week’s episode of the Diverse Minds podcast.
I met Steph when I was working at Imperial College London, and she did some work for me through her organisation – Making Lemonade.
About my guest
Steph is the Founder of Making Lemonade, an organisation she set up over 12 years ago after acquiring unexpected sight loss and started experiencing barriers that disabled people face in society – barriers she hadn’t been particularly aware of as a non-disabled person.
- 1 in 7 people are thought to have a disability worldwide.
- In the UK there are c. 7 million people of working age who are disabled.
- UK Government figures suggest that disabled people make up 12.9% of the public sector workforce and 11% of the private sector.
- The purple pound, a.k.a spending power of disabled people in the UK is valued at £249 billion to the economy.
In today’s show, we focus on Disability History Month:
- About her organisation, Making Lemonade and what they do.
- Steph’s thoughts around the theme of this year’s Disability History Month – leadership, culture and resistance.
- Her experience as a disabled person in today’s society.
- The impact of making things more inclusive for disabled people
- How workplaces can maximise the talent of disabled staff
Connect with my guest
Disability History Month Resources:
- Going blind in your 20s: ‘when life sends lemons, make lemonade’
- Disability Confident Scheme
- Purple Space
- Eliminating Disability Discrimination
- I was unaware of the things that disabled people experienced. When I found myself experiencing them, it was eye-opening.
- I didn’t know the extent and sometimes the small things which can really impact you in quite a big way.
- When I learned about the social model of disability, it was a liberating moment for me.
- There are external factors at play that make it more difficult for disabled people.
- I decided to stick two fingers up to all those employers who didn’t seem so readily keen to invite me for an interview or offer me a job, and I employed myself.
- I am a believer that most of the attitudinal barriers don’t come from a bad place.
- We are more productive when we are able to be ourselves.
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