About us

What we do

Business Disability Forum is a not-for-profit membership organisation that makes it easier and more rewarding to do business with and employ disabled people. By providing pragmatic support, sharing expertise, giving advice, providing training and facilitating networking opportunities, we help organisations become fully accessible to disabled customers and employee. Ultimately, our aim is to transform the life chances – and experience – of disabled people as employees and consumers.

We do this by bringing together business people, disabled opinion leaders and government to understand what needs to change if disabled people are to be treated fairly so that they can contribute to business success, to society and to economic growth. 

We have more than twenty years’ experience of working with public and private sector organisations, formerly as the Employers’ Forum on Disability, where we were instrumental in lobbying for an creating the first meaningful disability legislation in the UK in the shape of the Disability Discrimination Act. Our 300 members now employ around 15% of the UK workforce and range from FTSE 100 companies and central Government departments to transport providers, construction companies, retailers, higher education providers and public services. We also work closely with Government to shape disability policy and to feedback what works – what doesn’t – from our members and partners.

We also campaign to raise awareness around key issues, with current themes including non-visible disabilities – representing the fact that some 96% of disabilities are not visible and with a particular focus on mental health – and “Going Places”, which looks both at the career aspirations and progression of disabled people in the workplace, and at disabled people’s experience of transport for work, leisure and travel. 

Our corporate brochure

Download our corporate brochure 'Building Disability-smart organisations' here (PDF)

Governance

Business Disability Forum is a company limited by guarantee with charitable objects. Our charity registration number is 1018463, our company is registered in England, registered number 2603700. Our registered address is Business Disability Forum, Nutmeg House, 60 Gainsford Street, London SE1 2NY.

Contact us

Contact us to find out how you can lead your organisation to becoming more productive and effective by being disability-smart.