06 Oct 2015 NADSN at the PurpleSpace Launch Party

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NADSN at the PurpleSpace Launch Party

Tuesday 6th October 2015


Kate Nash OBE very kindly invited members of the NADSN Founding Steering Group to attend the Launch Party for the new PurpleSpace initiative. This took place on the evening of Tuesday 6th October 2015 in central London. A press release about this launch is now available here.

PurpleSpace is a new online support and learning hub for disability network leaders and employees. The resource is being created by Kate Nash Associates and supported by organisations across the public and private sector. It will provide a focal point for sharing best practice in the delivery of networks as vibrant vehicles for organisational change.

PurpleSpace will showcase the often unseen talent heading up networks across the employers’ community. Their work is making it easier for people to bring their authentic selves to work, ask for the adjustments they need and flourish in their chosen career.

The on-line platform will be unveiled at this party and In The Chair, launched. This new publication is about how to create a successful in-house disability network. It features top tips for running powerful networks from some of the most successful in-house change agents in the UK.

NADSN is very excited to be part of PurpleSpace. The following members of the NADSN Founding Steering Group will be attending this event:

  • Dr Hamied Haroon – Founder & Convenor, NADSN – Co-Chair, Disabled Staff Network, The University of Manchester
  • Jacquie Nicholson – Convenor, Disabled Staff Network, University of Edinburgh
  • Linda Robson – Co-Chair, EnablingStaff@OU, The Open University
  • Melanie Sharpe – Co-Chair, Disabled Staff Network, The University of Manchester
  • Mona Patel – E&D Advisor, Disabled Staff Forum, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Dr Nicola Martin – Director, NADP – Principal Lecturer, London South Bank University
  • Paul Bepey – Chair, BBC Ability, British Broadcasting Corporation
  • Stuart Moore – Advisor, AHEAD, Health Education England

The PurpleSpace Launch Party will follow the second meeting of the NADSN Founding Steering Group

  • Time: 3pm – 5pm
  • Venue: Russell Square, London

Steering group members are warmly invited to attend this meeting, and will be contacted directly with details.


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#PurpleLightUp

December 3rd is the UN’s International Day of Disabled People. To celebrate this significant day, we have partnered with PurpleSpace to mark the occasion with #PurpleLightUp, a vibrant global movement using the colour purple, which is emblematic of disability, celebrates and draws attention to the economic contribution of the 386 million Disabled employees around the world, and we’re inviting you and your organisation to take part.

Why join in?

Taking part in #PurpleLightUp gives you and your organisation the opportunity to:

  1. Jointly celebrate ‘purple talent’ and human potential.
  2. Show commitment to disability inclusion and accessibility.
  3. Raise the profile of your staff networks and the work that they’re doing.

Taking part is easy. From sharing the #PurpleLightUp hashtag, to lighting up your organisation in purple, there are countless ways to mark the occasion. Perhaps highlight the achievements of Disabled role models in your organisation, or join us as we take part in PurpleSpace’s 24-hour #PurpleLightUp global broadcast, or share some of the successes of your staff networks on social media, or explore any of the other great ideas listed in the official #PurpleLightUp booklet. Whatever you do, let’s make sure we shine a (purple) light on the value of Disabled employees and everything we’ve achieved.

We are stronger when we work together.

NADSN is proud to be supporting PurpleSpace in this great initiative. We’ve seen first-hand the power of staff networks to create meaningful change for Disabled employees as we work towards inclusion and accessibility in all areas of life. The hard work and dedication of our networks should not go unnoticed. So, let’s come together to celebrate all that’s been achieved and make our contributions visible all over the world.

And don’t forget, NADSN is also on hand to offer advice and support for starting or growing your staff network as you move from strength to strength in ensuring inclusion for Disabled people in your organisation. We are stronger when we work together. So, let’s do this!

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