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Disability equality toolkit: Workplace checklist

Poster covering what disabled people should be able to expect at work and questions to raise in your workplace.

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Disability equality toolkit

Useful tools for reps to help them support disabled members.

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All disabled people should be able to:

  • work in an environment that is supportive;
  • expect understanding from managers and colleagues regarding any condition that may require reasonable adjustments;
  • work in an environment where reasonable adjustments are made to achieve a comfortable working environment for all;
  • access a toilet and/or rest area during breaktimes – and expect systems to be in place in the workplace that ensure that if a member of staff wishes to use the toilet during lesson time, they are able to do so;
  • Use an accessible parking space if they need to.

Questions to raise in your workplace:

  • are all staff disability-aware so that disabled people don’t have to raise issues as individuals but can expect collective support and bargaining?
  • are agreed adjustments implemented in a timely fashion and regularly reviewed?
  • is there a climate of openness where disabled people are able, if they so choose, to disclose their disability to colleagues and management and request adjustments?
  • is there adequate ventilation (including Hepa filters) and CO2 monitoring in each classroom and in other areas of the school, such as the staffroom?
  • is there a procedure for providing brief cover arrangements for disabled workers who may need to use toilet/washing facilities during a lesson or when they are working with an individual pupil? 

If you identify as disabled, you are encouraged to tell us by updating your membership data at myNEU.

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