Disability-Smart Award 2019 categories

Disability-Smart Awards 2019

The 2019 Disability Smart Awards - supported by Barclays.

Our Judges are looking for outstanding disability smart action and initiatives. The winners will have demonstrated:

  • Why the action taken was decided
  • Who has benefited and who was involved with the delivery within the organisation and beyond
  • What you have done; and most importantly
  • The impact and success achieved and how this was measured

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,

Evidence:

  1. The position/seniority of the person in the business
  2. Clear communication to the business about their commitment to disability inclusion
  3. Evidence of having spoken openly about disability and setting a tone that encourages others to do the same e.g. by speaking at events, meetings, in newsletters, articles and interviews and on social media
  4. Evidence of direct and indirect impact of this person’s actions
  5. Evidence of engagement with all stakeholders including disabled people at every level
  6. Evidence of influence on the wider business community and/or at local, national or international policy level e.g. participation in Government Taskforces and business led initiatives.

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

Evidence

  1. That disabled people been consulted and involved with the development of the design.
  2. Accessibility by disabled people was built into the design from the outset and embedded in the design process (inclusive design).
  3. That the design has been user tested with a variety of disabled people.
  4. A design that is beautiful and functional for everyone who uses it regardless of disability.
  5. A design that finds the sweet spot between accessibility and usability.
  6. True innovation.

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


3. Disability Smart Workplace Experience Award (sponsored by Microlink)

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

Evidence:

  1. a working environment and processes that take the needs of a variety of disabled people into account as “business as usual” 
  2. that anyone who needs a workplace adjustment can find out how to request it quickly and easily
  3. that adjustments are made in a timely fashion and are reviewed regularly to ensure they remain effective
  4. a continual review and improvement process
  5. a culture that is responsive to and welcomes difference
  6. an environment that is conducive to the health and wellbeing of all workers
  7. Training for line managers on how to make adjustments and evidence that adjustments are routinely spoken about with managers
  8. Positive feedback from workers about the workplace and working practices.

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 

Evidence:

  1. a change in behaviour by an organisation, business or local, national or international government as a result of the actions of this person
  2. a change in attitude or behaviour of members of the public or a particular audience or a step change in awareness
  3. change in policy or the law.

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.

Evidence:

  1. The impact and reach of the technology in terms of the numbers of people who benefit from it
  2. Mainstream application
  3. Involvement of disabled 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 2019

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

Evidence:

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

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 

Evidence:

  1.  visible representation of disabled people in a mainstream campaign
  2. impact and reach of the campaign amongst the public, business or policy makers
  3. disability presented as “incidental” rather than the “story” and/or
  4. presentation of disability as a consumer and brand issue.

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

Evidence:

  1. Clear communication to the business about their commitment to disability inclusion on a Global level
  2. Evidence of having spoken openly about disability and setting a tone that encourages others to do the same e.g. by speaking at events, meetings, in newsletters, articles and interviews and on social media
  3. Evidence of direct and indirect impact of this person’s actions.

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. 

Evidence:

  1. Disability inclusion is positioned as a Global business priority
  2. 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.

Evidence:

  1. influence on visible and effective changes to culture and behaviours within an organisation
  2. that disability has been moved to/kept at the forefront of the diversity agenda because of this person’s actions
  3. engagement with senior leaders and all part of the business with the disability and accessibility agenda
  4. influence and impact on policies, processes or the environment that improve the lives of disabled people
  5. engagement with external organisations and practitioners and influencers outside their organisation
  6. commitment to continuous improvement

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

Evidence

  1. Why is this organisation outstanding?
  2. What have they done?
  3. How have they gone the extra mile?
  4. What has this organisation’s actions meant to you or your family?

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

Be sure to find out more about our people's choice award on our website here.