United Nations promotes disability awareness

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The United Nations' annual International Day of Persons with Disabilities is taking place on 3 December.

This year's theme is Achieving 17 goals for the future we want, which is based on the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The day will be used to highlight how these goals can create a more inclusive and equitable world for people with physical, mental or learning disabilities.

Work is taking place across the NHS to raise awareness of the benefits of employing people with disabilities, so the 3 December is an ideal opportunity to promote the work you are doing. For example, earlier this year the Equality, Diversity Council (EDC) announced that the Workforce Disability Equality Standard will be mandated via the NHS Standard Contract in England from April 2018, and it is hoped this standard will help healthcare organisations to improve support for disabled staff.

Find out more on the United Nations website.

For more information about workforce disability, take a look at our diversity monitoring web page. 

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