DWP’s Disability Confident newsletter Oct 2021

Written by the Department for Work and Pensions


  • Disability Confident reaches another key milestone
  • Help to test Government’s new online service
  • This month’s FREE Webinars
  • AbilityNet Techshare Pro Conference
  • Support International Day of Disabled People
  • Kickstart – Government announces extension to the scheme
  • Disability awareness / key dates

Disability Confident reaches another key milestone

Help us celebrate! Disability Confident launched 5 years ago and with your continued support goes from strength to strength.

We’re asking you to share the positive impact Disability Confident has on your business and how you have helped your employees by being Disability Confident. It’s a great way to advocate the scheme and will encourage other employers to sign up.

Share your positive stories through your social media channels and use the hashtag #DisabilityConfident.

Help to test Government’s new online service

The Government is testing a new online service providing advice and guidance to employers on managing health and disability in the workplace.

We’d like your help to test the site, making sure it meets the needs of your business and your sector.

By taking part, you’ll receive free information on disability and health-related employment issues, and your feedback will make a real difference in the development of the new service.

You can help promote the new service with your employer networks by sharing the attached banners and instructions about how they can be used.

Go to the test site here to find out more.

This month’s FREE Webinars

The next Disability Confident webinar is about the support available for employers from Work and Health Programme Providers. It will include tips relating to Neurodiversity and how to maintain wellbeing in the workplace when working from different settings.

You can register through this link: Disability Confident and Work Programme Provider services 11 November, 11.00am – 12:00pm.

Facilitated by Professor Amanda Kirby (CEO of Do-IT, an organisation supporting neurodiversity), the webinars are delivered by Disability Confident Leaders, Do-IT, Seetec Pluss, KPMG and AdviserPlus.

And don’t forget, you can access recordings of previous webinars on the Do-IT website. They’re open to everyone, so please feel free to make use of this virtual library or to share it.

AbilityNet Techshare Pro Conference

A Digital World Accessible to All: 16, 17, 18 November 2021

This year’s online conference brings together digital accessibility and inclusion specialists from Europe and beyond. Learn about changes in the world of accessibility and inclusion, hear from experts from a range of disciplines and build your networks in the accessibility community.

For details go to the AbilityNet website.

Disability Confident employers are eligible for a reduced ticket rate please enter this code TSP21_DC if you want to attend. This will reduce the corporate ticket to £30 + VAT. 

Support International Day of Disabled People

The United Nations has designated 3 December 2021 as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities in order to raise awareness about disability issues and mobilise support for greater equality. This day is a great opportunity to take action toward making our world more inclusive for everyone.

You are encouraged to participate in local events and activities and share stories online using #IDPwD hashtag.

Check out the following examples to see how your organisation can get more involved and support International Day of Persons with Disabilities.


The #PurpleLightUp movement has been celebrating the economic contribution of employees with disabilities on 3 December for the last four years and is a mark of respect to the UN’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

#PurpleLightUp 2021 is focused on Leader-To-Leader conversations where we’re inviting every disability ERG/Network Leader around the world to have 2-3 minute conversations with their CEOs sharing these through social media on 3 December 2021.

PurpleSpace produced various resources and ideas to help you celebrate the economic contribution of disabled employees in the run up to International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December 2021. For more information on how to get involved go to #PurpleLightUp.


This year is the inaugural Purple Sock Day which aims to support deaf, hearing impaired and disabled entrepreneurs in the UK.

To mark the annual International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December 2021, social enterprise Parallel Lifestyle has teamed up with the pioneering sustainable activewear brand, BAM, and a leading UK enterprise support charity, Hatch Enterprise. The aim is to encourage businesses and the public to wear a pair of Parallel’s Purple Socks to shine a much-needed light on the challenges faced by deaf, hearing impaired and disabled entrepreneurs in the UK and to help them thrive.

If you would like any further information on Purple Sock Day, please contact Andrew Douglass on 07947 630 288 or e-mail: andrew@parallellifestyle.com.

Kickstart – Government announces extension to the scheme

As per the recent Government announcement employers can continue to apply to Kickstart up to the 17 December this year.

By signing up to Kickstart you can have young people aged 16-24 working for you for six months, funded by the Government. Your business will benefit from taking on these young people full of energy, ideas and digital know-how.

Find out more about Kickstart in the ‘Guide for Employers’ which includes some great case studies from employers and young people. There’s also more information about the scheme and how to apply for a grant on gov.uk.

Check out this tweet and find out how James and Hopt Sauce are benefiting from the Kickstart scheme.

Disability awareness / key dates

ADHD Awareness Month – October 2021

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting both children and adults. For more information about how to identify and understand ADHD in others and how to support your employees ADHD awareness month website has a lot of advice and resources to help you. 

Also as part of ADHD awareness month DWP ran a neurodiversity webinar on 14th October titled Onboarding Disabled Workers & The DC Scheme. Don’t worry if you missed it, you can access recordings of previous webinars on the Do-IT website.

Dyslexia Awareness Week – 4-10 October 

The British Dyslexia Association have produced a workplace pack that could provide you with some helpful information, as well as a free training course on dyslexia and mental health.  

National Stress Awareness Day – 3 November 21

National Stress Awareness Day again seeks to raise the awareness of the impact stress can have on our psychological wellbeing and mental health. We all know how it feels to be stressed, but with studies showing up to 74% have felt so stressed that we have felt unable to cope, it is vital that not just individuals, but also employers understand strategies to manage stress.

Mental Health UK have some tips and ideas to help manage your mental health and wellbeing at work: Health and wellbeing – Mental Health UK (mentalhealth-uk.org).

Useful links

Disability Confident: guidance for levels 1,2 and 3

Moving through the Disability Confident levels – videos

Report changes to your Disability Confident details

Renew your Disability Confident status