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Thank you. As we approach the end of the UK Disability History Month (18 November – 18 December 2021), Kate Toomey, Chair SCW Disability Network, thanks the networks’ members for their powerful contributions in celebration of this milestone.

Over the past four weeks, the network members have been sharing their personal journeys of living with their hidden disabilities. They have opened a private door with their blogs – sharing details of their conditions, the impact on their daily lives – both work and personal. They have delved into their daily juggling act of managing their conditions alongside work in SCW, whilst coming to terms with their disability. A key highlight has been the repeated messages coming through of the support that SCW and the network have provided.

The stories have been inspiring. Each week a new personal article has opened insight into their condition, raising awareness and understanding. I would like to thank each of these colleagues for putting their hand up, to share their stories in the celebration of UK Disability History Month.

This has been a vital step on our road together towards inclusivity and the network’s aim is to continue our open communication of disabilities between colleagues. This will ensure everyone is supported, voices are heard, and individuals are seen in the workplace.  


Thank you.


Read the personal stories here:

Samantha Stanley – Experience of living with a rare chronic disease (Punctate Inner Choroidopathy) that affects her vision 

Lisa Hughes - Experience of living and working with hidden physical and psychological disabilities  

Holly Lewis – Experience of living with an auto-immune disorder - elapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis 

Rob Osment – Experience of living with Ulcerative Colitis


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