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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

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Community Manager
Community Manager

Earlier this morning, Thames Water hosted the #DisabilityConfident workshop, as part of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which has recognised by the United Nations since 1992.

 

We came together with other organisations around the Thames Valley area to promote inclusivity and accessibility for our customers and employees.

 

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Our Priority Services look after our vulnerable customers who have sight problems, deaf or hard of hearing, mobility issues, dialysis at home and anyone who needs extra support from us.

 

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 Don’t be fooled, these aren’t top trumps! The Inclusion Cards offer different scenarios covering topics, such as race, LGBTQ and disabilities. During team meetings, this helps Thames Water employees have thought-provoking discussions and encourages us to be more mindful and sensitive.

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The Digital Team put together a couple of exercises exploring digital accessibility which included colour-contrast activity (vision impairment), colour blindness activity (vision impairment/colour blindness), screen reader output (vision impairment/blindness) and video activities (vision and hearing impairment).

 

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Sometimes we tend to forget that not all disabilities are visible, some of us may suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, depression or epilepsy just to name a few. We put together an interactive game, to bring awareness to invisible illnesses and spark conversation around them. Also one of our colleagues is currently learning sign language and she showed attendees how to sign the alphabet.

 

Special thanks to our keynote speaker Haseeb Ahmed, BLESMA, Sarah McMath, Ian Marchant, Guide Dogs, Berkshire MS Therapy Centre, Action for Hearing Loss, British Red Cross and our colleagues for participating in #DisabilityConfident Workshop!