Lawyers with Disabilities Division

What #MainstreamDisability means to us

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We asked Lawyers with Disabilities committee members tell us what the #MainstreamDisability project means to them…

Find out more about the project and conference here

Robert Hunter, partner at Edmonds Marshall McMahon, LDD committee member:

‘The delineation of some features as ‘disabilities’ is arbitrary and unhelpful. Poor judgment is not a disability but it costs businesses more than an age of ‘reasonable adjustments’ could ever do.’

Yasmin Sheikh, disability consultant, coach, trainer and vice-chair of LDD:

‘I believe in #MainstreamDisability so that I don’t get constant wheelchair ‘jokes’ which I am supposed to find funny even though it’s unoriginal, boring and an attempt to relieve other people’s awkwardness’

Tony Di Angelo, trainee solicitor at Reed Smith, LDD committee member:

‘I support #MainstreamDisability to ensure we all have a chance to fulfil our potential and achieve our dreams. I support a more inclusive, holistic and empowering approach.’

Helen Chuter, LDD committee member:

’I firmly believe in Mainstreaming Disability in society, as statistics show one in four Disabilities are acquired the rest we are born with.

Nobody knows when, where or what their fortune or misfortune in life will be, or has the right to judge a person by solely focusing on their disabilities.

Society, as a whole, should make reasonable adjustments, not people who have needs. I am passionate about a project that wholeheartedly embraces those who struggle every day with their needs and related issues.

As an example, our members at the LDD are very talented individuals who are absolutely fed up with receiving less than favourable treatment, that is metered out in the employment system and in societal value judgements.

It is essential as a voice for our members of the LDD at the Law Society, that we the Committee embrace, share, care, lift up, support and champion our talented legal professionals and work with them within the constraints of Law and Society at large.
We must combat fear, miscommunication, mistrust, misunderstanding and all hidden barriers that may appear on a daily basis.

Help within this process would be future employers making cost effective and conscious choices to employ talented disabled workers. As Churchill said, ‘ We shall never give up ’ and do whatever, it takes to assist in this required and worthy cause.’

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