One of the most memorable moments in Glastonbury's history. And disability was centre stage.
Lewis Capaldi was recently diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome. While on stage this Saturday, his tics became more pronounced as he progressed through his set. By the time he came to 'Someone You Loved' they were pretty much unmanageable.
So, 100,000 people stepped up and provided the musician with a reasonable accommodation...
Instant and without thought.
This was disability centre stage. Literally. It was raw and real and very much accepted and supported.
Between 70% - 80% of all disabilities are invisible. Tourette's, MS, ADHD, Chronic Pain, Dyspraxia, and many, many more. Don't assume that accommodations and supports are only needed for people with obvious physical impairments.
If someone is faced with a barrier, then why not be the person to help remove that barrier? It mightn't be Lewis Capaldi needing a dig out on stage at Glastonbury...
But maybe it's someone who works for you that needs a few slight workplace adjustments. Maybe it's a work experience opportunity for someone who needs to get back working after a period off. Maybe its genuinely considering the jobseeker with a disability who has applied for a new role...
The majority of reasonable accommodations which are required in Irish workplaces aren't the expensive physical adaptations. They're not the ramp, revolving doors and the newly installed lift. Most reasonable accommodations required by workplace colleagues are adjustments in work schedules, extra time to complete a task, redeployment of core and/or non-core duties, time..
If a workplace colleague requires an accommodation, start by giving them your time. Get that first conversation right and everything will flow a little easier. Ensure the first conversation is empathetic, understanding and set the tone by being open to adjustments.
And have a Reasonable Accommodation Policy in place. This ensures all management know the right approach to take, ensuring continuity of approach.
Most importantly though, remember that if 100,000 people can provide a musician with a reasonable accommodation at Glastonbury, then surely employers can give consideration to supporting colleagues at work. It really is much easier than most people think..
Ability Focus is the only company in Ireland delivering Reasonable Accommodation Training to public, semi-state and private sector organisations. The industry leading programme is the first of its kind and is being completed by increasing numbers of large organisation as 2023 progresses.
If you are interested in finding out more about our Reasonable Accommodation Training Programme or any of our CPD accredited Disability Awareness Training Programmes get in touch with Ability Focus on (01) 699 1150 or email the office on email@example.com