On Wednesday, 1 March, legal business DWF has a number of non-disabled volunteers from the firm's London office taking part in a wheelchair challenge facilitated by Yasmin Sheikh of "Diverse Matters". The challenge coincides with the annual International Wheelchair day where events and activities take place around the world to raise awareness for all disabled people and celebrates the positive impact a wheelchair can have on their lives.
The wheelchair challenge is an initiative created by disability consultant, Yasmin who is a wheelchair user herself and will spend time at DWF's London office on the day showing volunteers how to use their wheelchair safely, giving them an understanding of disability whilst making it more visible in the workplace.
Yasmin Sheikh said: “This initiative can seem uncomfortable – or even patronising for some – but we developed it to challenge that thinking; we all need to get over those feelings of discomfort about disability (both visible and non-visible) and start talking about it more. DWF's support of the wheelchair challenge will help their employees to have a greater understanding of some of the challenges a wheelchair user faces on a daily basis and also give visibility to disability."
DWF's Diversity & Community Engagement Manager, Gail Taylor said: "Diversity and inclusion are at the heart of DWF's values so it is important for us to support initiatives like this. It is a great way to raise awareness, whilst allowing our people to get first-hand knowledge of the impact using a wheelchair can have in the workplace."
DWF is the only UK law firm to achieve and retain its 'Proud to be Clear Assured' status, a nationally recognised benchmark which helps employers create an inclusive tailor-made recruitment process and identify and remove barriers which have the potential to exclude disabled people, reinforcing the firm's commitment to inclusive recruitment.