Our strategic alliances

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Featured strategic alliance: Dining with a Difference

Business Disability Forum played a crucial role in the creation of Dining with a Difference. This is a particularly effective way of getting suppliers and business partners to understand how addressing disability issues can help improve processes right across organisations. Senior executives are invited to dine with Britain's leading authorities on disability as it affects business. Organisations such as Royal Mail Group and Barclays have used the event. Visit the Dining with a Difference website to find out more.

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Featured Alliances:

atis4all

atis4all

Centre for Accessible Environments

Centre for Accessible Environments

Dining with a Difference

Dining with a Difference

Featured Alliances:

atis4all

atis4all

Skill Boosters

Skill Boosters

SignVideo

SignVideo

Dining with a Difference

Dining with a Difference

Centre for Accessible Environments

Centre for Accessible Environments

Remploy

Remploy

PurpleSpace

PurpleSpace

Freeney Williams Ltd

Freeney Williams Ltd

Evenbreak

Evenbreak

Rica

Rica

ATIS4ALL

We are supporters of ATIS4ALL, a project to develop a collaborative portal that offers reliable information on ICT ATs, inclusive solutions and R&D initiatives, and fosters online discussion, exchange of knowledge, expertise and sharing of information among its different portal members.   The ATIS4all collaborative portal is the result of work between two European Union funded Thematic Networks involving 43 leading institutions from 16 European Countries: ATIS4ALL (Assistive Technologies and Inclusive Solutions for All) and ETNA (European Thematic Network on Assistive Information and Communication Technologies). Read more about ATIS4ALL here.

Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE)

The Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE) is the UK’s leading authority on inclusive design. CAE’s aim is to help secure a built environment that is usable by everyone, including disabled and older people.

Business Disability Forum and CAE have formed an alliance which aims to extend the level of expertise and knowledge available to its members using Business Disability Forum’s Disability Standard management tool. 

With a focus on the adjustments and premises criteria, CAE is able to provide expert consultancy services including access audits of existing sites covering staff and public areas, workplace assessments for employees with access requirements, audits of potential new premises or refurbished schemes and design appraisals of major refurbishments.  

CAE is also the leading training provider for inclusive design in the built environment with over 40-years’ experience, and has a comprehensive range of bestselling publications which are user-friendly design guides for access professionals and for those with a vested interest in designing for accessibility. 

If you would like to find out more about accessing CAE’s services please contact David Goodchild, on davidg@businessdisabilityforum.org.uk or 020-7403-3020.

Dining with a Difference

Business Disability Forum played a crucial role in the creation of Dining with a Difference. This is a particularly effective way of getting suppliers and business partners to understand how addressing disability issues can help improve processes right across organisations. Senior executives are invited to dine with Britain's leading authorities on disability as it affects business. Organisations such as Royal Mail Group and Barclays have used the event. Visit the Dining with a Difference website to find out more.

Evenbreak

Evenbreak is a not-for-profit specialist job board run by disabled people for disabled people. They help inclusive employers attract more talented disabled candidates and raise their profile as inclusive employers of choice.

Evenbreak offers disabled candidates a dedicated channel to apply for jobs at companies which have demonstrated a commitment to looking beyond disability when hiring candidates. They aim to promote a positive image of disabled people in employment and invest any surplus income in positive publicity campaigns promoting the benefits of employing disabled people.

Business Disability Forum and Evenbreak are working together to promote their work, share knowledge and offer added value to employers seeking to be more inclusive.

For more information please visit http://www.evenbreak.co.uk

Freeney Williams, Access Pathway

Access Pathway is an expert review of your organisation’s online presence that identifies how disabled people might experience difficulties in using your websites. All members are entitled to one free Access Pathway review per year. It is a first step in a proactive approach to improving accessibility online. Involving your IT leads and disability champions early on will ensure an effective approach to improving accessibility.

Freeney Williams Ltd delivers the Access Pathway on our behalf. The company is unique in combining technical expertise in fully accessible websites, a panel of disabled website testers, knowledge of disability legislation and experience of developing accessibility policies and procedures.

Find out more about commissioning or booking an Access Pathway review here.

PurpleSpace

PurpleSpace is a unique professional development and networking hub for disabled employee network / resource group leaders (or others who may have an interest in setting one up or supporting an employee network).

Membership is available to anyone working in any sector or trade. This includes private companies, government departments and agencies, police forces, NHS Trusts, Universities and local authorities

Members join in order to increase the effectiveness of their networks, develop their skills and learn how to help their organisations to become disability confident from the inside out.

Business Disability Forum and PurpleSpace form a natural alliance where highly skilled disabled employee networks provide vital business insight into the lived experience of disability, resulting in the development of more inclusive products, services and processes.

Find out more about PurpleSpace.

Remploy

Remploy is the UK’s leading provider of employment services for disabled people. Working closely with leading businesses and organisations, Remploy delivers a range of solutions which enable employers to confidently realise the economic and social benefits found in recruiting and retaining disabled people. Visit the Remploy website 

Rica

Specialist consumer research organisation Rica has joined forces with Business Disability Forum to deliver consumer research services to our members. Using their extensive experience of working with service providers, Rica will help you to increase your awareness of the needs of disabled and older consumers who use your products and services.

Key benefits of the service include:

  • An initial assessment of a product or service's usability for people across the range of disabilities.
  • Ongoing evaluation as part of longer term product or service development.
  • Focus groups and other qualitative research to provide in-depth information.
  • Advice on design which will maximise the market potential through an inclusive approach.
  • Will help you to meet legal requirements to disabled customers.

Research will be carried out by Rica's ‘User Testing' and ‘Mystery Shopping' panels. User testing is carried out by people with a wide range of impairments, selected from a panel of 250 disabled people at the fully accessible research centre in Milton Keynes. The mystery shopping team of 85 disabled people test services by acting as ordinary consumers to evaluate the standard of service they receive.

Recent Rica usability projects include:

  • grocery packaging - M&S
  • remote controls - BSkyS
  • digital TV - UK Government 

If you would like to find out more about or commission consumer research please contact David Goodchild, on davidg@businessdisabilityforum.org.uk or 020 7403 3020.

SignVideo

SignVideo provides British Sign Language (BSL) video interpreting services to enable communication between the community of over 150,000 deaf BSL users in the UK and hearing people. The service allows users to make and receive BSL interpreted video calls so that they can effectively and effortlessly communicate with each other. This happens through a professional video interpreter who relays the call between BSL and English and the service is available instantly on tablets, smartphones, computers and laptops via apps and software. SignVideo demolishes existing barriers facing service providers, businesses, work colleagues and family wanting to hold conversations with deaf BSL-using people.  In addition, SignVideo has reduced the previous waiting time of three to six weeks for a BSL interpreter to be available, down to an average of 30 seconds or less. 

SignVideo not only pioneered this revolutionary communications solution in the UK but now leads the way in bringing access and inclusion via 'Video Based Interpreting'  to the BSL community. With a strong presence in the VRS (Video Relay Services) market in the UK, SignVideo is a highly reputable provider with its video call centres and remote interpreters conducting over 20,000 BSL interpreted video calls a year. SignVideo underpins its service with experienced, fully qualified and registered BSL interpreters, Service Level Agreements (SLAs) and ISO 9001, 14001 and 27001 quality certifications.

Visit the SignVideo website for more information.

Skill Boosters, Disability Confident

Skills Boosters provides seminars and workshops which aim to educate senior executives and managers in matters relating to equality and diversity, leadership, performance, bullying and harassment. The organisation provides companies with tailored and practical action plans, and the ability to build inclusive teams. Business Disability Forum partnered with Skill Boosters on the Disbability Confident e-learning package.