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06 Dec 2018

Making disability in the workplace more visible

Words by  Photo by Rankin

A conference held this month in Edinburgh has enlisted the help of fashion photographer Rankin

A number of senior Scottish business leaders, artists and campaigners will join Jamie Hepburn MSP, the Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills at an event calling for greater visibility when it comes to disability and the workplace.

The Disability and identity Conference, taking place on 11 December in Edinburgh, has been organised by the Business Disability Forum, in partnership with the Royal Bank of Scotland.

BrendaBrenda by Rankin

The conference will explore how to create a more inclusive workplace, one that attracts the best disabled talent, with many of the speakers sharing their own experiences of disability and the role it plays in their identity.

Comedian Steve Day, Jeremy Balfour MSP and Marsali Craig, a member of the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland, will all be taking part, while celebrated portrait and fashion photographer Rankin has teamed up with event organiser Stephen Bell to put together the Portrait Positive Project.

CatrinCatrin by Rankin

Rankin’s striking images seek to challenge perceptions of beauty, with a series of shots of women with visible facial and bodily differences, all wearing pieces by the Canadian fashion designer Steven Tai.

Diane Lightfoot, Chief Executive Officer at Business Disability Forum, said: “This is set to be an exciting and, we hope, a much talked-about event. We really want to challenge people’s perceptions of disability and to encourage business leaders to see beyond the label to the person and the talent that lies behind it.”

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