From Awareness to Acceptance to Action

In this week's episode Leyla speaks to Martin Griffin to talk about disability awareness to acceptance to action in the workplace. Continue Reading From Awareness to Acceptance to Action

Welcome to the 171st episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast. This month’s theme is all about intersectionality and disability. This week is all about how we move from disability awareness to acceptance to action in the workplace. To join me in talking about this in greater detail, this week I am joined by Martin Griffin. 

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About my guest

Martin is a UK-based Senior Mining Geotechnical Engineer who is a chartered engineer and chartered geologist and works for the international multidisciplinary niche consultancy Knight Piésold in their London office.  He is neurodivergent (autistic, dyslexic and dyspraxic) and registered as disabled by being visually impaired.  Presently, he specialises in mining and ground risk and uncertainty and works on geotechnical engineering aspects of international mining projects from their concept to closure.  Martin has also been involved in ground engineering teams for several UK civil engineering megaprojects. 

Currently, Martin is serving as an elected Geological Society Council Member and a former committee member of several other national executives (British Geotechnical Association, Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists, and Ground Forum), Geological Society Scrutineer for chartership candidates, Keratoconus-UK charity trustee, international journal peer reviewer for several technical and specialist journals, STEM Ambassador to local secondary schools and a Ground Forum / STEER mentor for underrepresented groups. Martin has been a lay EDI Champion and Advocate since 2013 in the geoscience and engineering sectors for underrepresented groups, acting as an advisor, mentor, and is frequent LinkedIn blogger on all aspects of EDI, disability and neurodiversity.

In today’s show on Awareness to Acceptance to Action

  • More about Martin and his work as a geotechnical engineer. [02:31]
  • What the term Inclusive workplace in relation to disability means to him. [07:35]
  • The biggest challenges for workplaces moving from awareness to acceptance to action [14:26]
  • Key things workplaces can do to create an accessibility and usability mindset. [17:47]
  • His top 3 tips for looking after his mental health. [23:17]


Quotes on Awareness to Acceptance to Action

  • The colonial legacy of geology is important to be aware of.
  • I have struggled in the past with reasonable adjustments, but with this employer within a week I had what I needed.
  • I get sad when I see the lack of role models in engineering and geology.
  • When you meet one person with Autism, you’ve met one person with Autism.
  • I think training has to be given to every line manager and not just top-down from leadership.


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