Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement

JustDifferent would like to wish all our supporters and school partners well in this difficult time of COVID-19. We hope that your business, jobs, families and school children/young people remain safe and look forward to working with you again as soon as possible. As the rest of the country has done, we have postponed our events until later in the year in order to halt the spread of the virus, and we will be in touch with you all once we have new dates.

We continue to deeply appreciate your support, both financially and through corporate and community partnerships, past, present and into the future. We are going to use this time to innovate our services and broaden our offering to businesses as well as schools. Please do let us know if you would like any information in the meantime for workshops as soon as schools/businesses are able to re-open for business as usual. Best wishes from all the team at JustDifferent.

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Disability and difference in the workplace

Our workplace workshop packages are bespoke to each organisation and aim to ensure they feel supported and confident enough to work with disabled people.

Whether this be a recruitment consultant trying to attract disabled candidates, an employer understanding how to support a disabled employee, or a HR specialist coming to terms with reasonable adjustments. Workshops will instil organisations with the confidence and knowledge needed to succeed in their goals.

Themes and topics

Disability awareness

What is disability? How does it affect you? How should you behave around a disabled person? This broad module is designed to answer all these questions – questions people may feel uncomfortable to ask anywhere else. We will challenge stereotypes, and bust the myths surrounding disability by covering topics that include:

  • Social model of disability
  • Language and etiquette
  • Barriers faced by disabled people
  • What disability is and isn’t

How to talk about disability

Disabled or handicapped? Society is ever evolving and words can become derogatory and outdated. When we use these phrases what do we mean?

In this module we take a comprehensive look at the language surrounding disability. Delegates will leave with a clear understanding between inclusive language and political correctness.

Accessible documents

This module is designed to support participants to understand how to create documents that are accessible to more people. We will provide you with the tools needed to structure sentences differently and include certain elements which will allow everyone to engage on their own terms.

If a customer or employee cannot read what you are writing, they cannot engage, no matter how engaging the content is. By taking these simple steps you can attract the people you want to your business.

Social vs. medical model of disability

This module will challenge your thinking, give perspective and help overcome the barriers that face disabled employees and customers.

The medical model of disability views disability as a ‘problem’ that belongs to the disabled individual. It is not seen as an issue to concern anyone other than the individual affected. For example, if a wheelchair-using student is unable to get into a building because of some steps, the medical model would suggest that this is because of the wheelchair, rather than the steps.

The social model of disability, in contrast, would see the steps as the disabling barrier. This model draws on the idea that it is society that disables people, through designing everything to meet the needs of the majority of people who are not disabled. The model recognises that there is a great deal that society can do to reduce and ultimately remove, some of these disabling barriers and that this task is the responsibility of society, not the disabled person.

The social and medical model of disability
University of Leicester 2016

By incorporating this model into organisations it would give employers the ability to support their disabled staff in a more inclusive manner, ultimately taking down the barriers that their disabled employees and customers face.

The spending power of the ‘purple pound’

This module is designed to explain to businesses that they cannot afford to be inaccessible to disabled people. The spending power of disabled people in the UK is estimated to be £249 billion per annum and this is fondly referred to as the ‘purple pound’.

Businesses cannot afford to have disabled people going elsewhere to a venue, website or business that is more convenient. Accessibility encompasses the cornerstone of a business. From navigating a website, to moving around a venue, statistics have shown that one of the most common barriers in accessing a service is inexperienced staff. By taking this module, businesses will be given the tools to ensure their customer service becomes exceptional.


We currently have Workshop Presenters in the South East, London, and Yorkshire and the Humber. If you are outside of these areas please do contact us as we are constantly recruiting Workshop Presenters across the country and may be able to accommodate your request.