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#PurpleLightUp – celebrating disabled people’s contributions

20 November 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Heather Ette
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#PurpleLightUp – celebrating disabled people’s contributions

Employability organisations across the world, including Shaw Trust, are turning purple on Monday 3 December to celebrate the contributions of disabled people as employees and consumers.

The #PurpleLightUp campaign is all about recognising the significant value that disabled people add to our workplaces and society. It’s being co-ordinated by PurpleSpace, the world’s only networking and professional development hub for disabled employees, network and resource group leaders, and allies from all sectors and trades. 

The campaign coincides with the International Day of Disabled People, a globally recognised initiative to bring together a united voice to celebrate and empower disabled people. Employability professionals have a big part to play in this and are encouraged to take part.

Shaw Trust will be doing a number of things to participate in the campaign and these could form the basis of your own #PurpleLightUp activity. A number of their buildings will be lit up purple for the day and staff will be encouraged to pledge their support by wearing purple items of clothing, baking purple cakes and perhaps making purple smoothies. Shaw Trust retail stores will be encouraged to show off purple window displays and volunteers asked to wear their purple T-shirts.  Parts of their website and logo will be turning purple and purple messaging will be displayed on screens in their offices, hubs and shops.  The Trust will be asking people to write purple blogs on the theme of disability awareness and achievement, and on the same day will be opening nominations for the Power 100 2019 list.

Clare Gray, Shaw Trust’s Disability Advocacy Adviser, said: “#PurpleLightUp is generating excitement and passion for the campaign nationally and internationally, focusing on the value that disabled people contribute to the economy as consumers and employees. The campaign’s purpose is to forge a global identity, one that puts the positive contribution of disabled people and their networks in the spotlight.”

If you’re going to take part, why not let PurpleSpace know what you’re doing? Any why not send us some of your best purple photos?