Disability-Smart Award 2019 categories

Business Disability Forum is delighted to announce the 2019 Disability-Smart Awards, generously supported by Barclays.

These are the categories:

 

1. Disability Smart Senior Champion Award 2019

Awarded to an individual at C-suite or board member level (or equivalent) who has shown true leadership and used their position to enhance the experience of disabled people throughout the business and the wider business community,

Criteria:

  1. What is the position/seniority of the person in the business?
  2. Is there a plan or evidence of communication about disability by this individual over a period of time to the organisation about disability e.g. speaking at events, meetings, newsletter articles, interviews, social media activity or presence on Government or business led initiatives and taskforces?
  3. Do people within the business and externally know this person is the disability champion?
  4. What direct and indirect impact has the senior champion’s activity had?
  5. What engagement with all stakeholders including disabled people took place?
  6. What influence on the wider business community did they have?
  7. What influence on local, national or international policy?

Download an entry form for the Disability Smart Senior Champion Award (Word Document)


2. Disability Smart Design Award 

Awarded to an outstanding design that shows real disability smart flair. We are looking for a design for everyone such as a:

  • Building or physical space within a building or outdoors
  • Website or App
  • Technological innovation
  • Product
  • Workplace initiative
  • Document or physical object

Criteria

  1. Have disabled people been consulted and involved with the development of the design?
  2. Was usability by disabled and older people built into the design from the outset and embedded in the design process?
  3. Was the design user tested with a variety of disabled and older people?
  4. How is the design functional for everyone who uses it regardless of disability?

Download an entry form for the Disability Smart Design Award (Word Document)


3. Disability Smart Workplace Experience Award 

Awarded to an organisation that can demonstrate that theirs is a great place to work for everyone including disabled people. 

Criteria:

  1. How does the working environment and processes take the needs of a variety of disabled people into account as business as usual?
  2. Can anyone who needs a workplace adjustment can find out how to request it quickly and easily?
  3. Have adjustments are made in a timely fashion and are reviewed regularly to ensure they remain effective?
  4. Is there a continual review and improvement process?
  5. Is there a culture that is responsive to and welcomes difference?

Download an entry form for the Disability Smart Workplace Experience Award (Word Document)


4. Disability Smart Influencer Award 2019

Awarded to someone who has influenced real change that has improved or has the potential to improve the lives of all or a group of disabled people 

Criteria

  1. Has there been a change in behaviour by an organisation, business or local, national or international government as a result of the actions of this person?
  2. Demonstrate a change in attitude or behaviour of members of the public or a particular audience
  3. What changes in policy or the law took place?

Download an entry form for the Disability Smart Influencer Award (Word Document)


5. Disability Smart Technology for All Award 2019 (sponsored by Microlink)

Awarded to an organisation that has developed or deployed technology that improves or has breakthrough potential to improve the lives of everyone including disabled people.

Criteria:

  1. What is impact and reach of the technology in terms of the numbers of people who benefit from it?
  2. Has the technology been had mainstream application?
  3. Was there involvement of disabled people and older people in the design, development and testing?

Download an entry form for the Disability Smart Technology for All Award (Word Document)


6. Disability Smart Customer Service Award 

Awarded to an organisation who demonstrates outstanding customer service for everyone including disabled people

Criteria:

  1. Did customer facing staff have receive disability smart customer service training?
  2. Were the needs of a variety of disabled and older customers, clients or service users have been anticipated in the delivery of the service so that they do not need to be requested?
  3. Was there speed and efficiency with which adjustments are made for customers, clients or users who need or request them?
  4. What Was the nature and speed of response to complaints or feedback from disabled customers or their relatives, friends, carers or advocates?
  5. Was serving disabled customers is business as usual in processes, premises whether face to face, online or by telephone?

Download an entry form for the Disability Smart Customer Service Award (Word Document) 


7. Disability Smart Marketing and Campaigns Award 2019 

Awarded to a marketing or advertising campaign that was not only engaging but inclusive 

Criteria:

  1. Was there visible representation of disabled people in a mainstream campaign?
  2. What impact and reach of the campaign amongst the public, business or policy makers?

Download an entry form for the Disability Smart Marketing and Campaigns Award (Word Document)


8. Disability Smart Global Leader Award 2019 

Awarded to an individual at C-suite or board member level (or equivalent) from a multination organisation who has shown true leadership and used their position to enhance the experience of people with disabilities across their global operations and the wider global business community

Criteria

  1. What is the position/seniority of the person in the business?
  2. What plan or evidence of communication about disability by this individual over a period of time to the organisation about disability e.g. speaking at events, meetings, newsletter articles, interviews, social media activity or presence on international or business led initiatives and taskforces was there?

Download an entry form for the Disability Smart Global Leader Award (Word Document)


9. Disability Smart Multinational Organisation Award 2019 

Awarded to a multinational organisation that can demonstrate they are working to become a great place to work for everyone, including disabled people, right across their global operations. 

Criteria

  1. That disability inclusion is positioned as a global business priority
  2. That a best practice approach that goes beyond meeting local legal requirements is encouraged in all locations.
  3. That there is a mechanism to ensure global commitment translates to tangible action. For example via a global disability steering group (or equivalent) and/or global minimum disability standards.
  4. That activity is informed by the views and experiences of people with disabilities working across its global operations.
  5. That employees who need a workplace adjustment can find out how to request it quickly and easily regardless of where in the world they are based.
  6. That barriers are proactively anticipated and removed in global functions, tools and processes (such as learning and development, digital technology and the built environment).

Download an entry form for the Disability Smart Multinational Organisation Award (Word Document)


10. Disability Smart Diversity and Inclusion Practitioner Award 2019 

Awarded to an individual who has worked at the heart of an organisation to effect real change to improve the lives of disabled people.

Criteria

  1. Influence on visible and effective changes to culture and behaviours within an organisatio
  2. How was disability kept at the forefront of the diversity agenda because of this person’s actions?
  3. Was there engagement with senior leaders and all part of the business with the disability and accessibility agenda?
  4. Was there influence and impact on policies, processes or the environment that improve the lives of disabled people?
  5. What engagement with external organisations and practitioners and influencers outside their organisation took place?

Download an entry form for the Disability Smart Diversity and Inclusion Practitioner Award (Word Document)


11. Disabled People's Choice Award 2019 

Nominated by and voted for by disabled people, this Award will be given to the organisation, large or small that has been an outstanding employer or provided the most inclusive and accessible customer service or experience or created positive change for disabled people or a group of disabled people

Criteria

  1. How have disabled people been involved with the organisation?
  2. What has the organisation done to improve the lives of disabled people or a group of disabled people?

Download an entry form for the Disability Smart People's choice Award (Word Document)