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Disability Confident: interactive learning and reference resource released

Skill Boosters, in partnership with the Employers' Forum on Disability, have launched an interactive learning and reference resource, ‘Disability Confident'.

Skill Boosters says many businesses and organisations are unprepared for the new provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act, which comes into force in October 2004.

'Disability Confident' aims to inform, engage and inspire organisations to embrace their legal obligations and unlock the potential of their disabled employees and clients. In addition, Skill Boosters says organisations should benefit from ideas, suggestions and guidelines to protect their brand.

Susan Scott-Parker, Chief Executive of the Employers' Forum on Disability commented, "There are 8.6 million disabled people in the UK alone and 5 million people plus, working for members of the Forum. This resource will make it easier for every business to communicate to each and every employee, the company's commitment to employing disabled employees and welcoming disabled customers. Business must continue to find new and exciting ways to reach disabled people as customers and employees. This partnership will set a new benchmark in the provision of authoritative and practical training which helps raise employee and management disability confidence."

Members of the Employers' Forum on Disability represent over 380 major organisations that currently employ more than 20 per cent of the UK workforce. The Forum works closely with disabled people, government and other stakeholders, sharing best practice to make it easier for business to employ disabled people and serve disabled customers.

The launch of this new product represents the culmination of the Employers' Forum's ‘Setting the Standard' programme for the European Year of Disabled People. The aim of ‘Setting the Standard' has been to effect change that brings mutual benefit to disabled people and the business community and to highlight disability as an economic and social imperative.

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