Previously known as the Two Ticks scheme, Disability Confident is a government run scheme, which works with employers to “remove barriers, increase understanding and ensure that disabled people have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations”.
There are three levels of award within the Disability Confident scheme, level 1, level 2 and level 3. DMU has been recognised as a Level 2 Disability Confident Employer.
The three levels of commitment are as follows:
Level 1 (Disability Confident committed employer): the organisation must commit to the five pledges, and commit to offering disabled people one of numerous activities which will make a difference to disabled people at work.
Level 2 (Disability Confident employer): the organisation must commit to 13 statements, and two activities. These 13 statements are:
- Actively looking to attract and recruit disabled people
- Providing a fully inclusive and accessible recruitment process
- Offering an interview to disabled people who meet the minimum criteria for the job
- Flexibility when assessing people so disabled job applicants have the best opportunity to demonstrate that they can do the job
- Proactively offering and making reasonable adjustments as required
- Encouraging our suppliers and partner firms to be Disability Confident
- Ensuring employees have appropriate disability equality awareness
- Promoting a culture of being Disability Confident
- Supporting employees to manage their disabilities or health conditions
- Ensuring there are no barriers to the development and progression of disabled staff
- Ensuring managers are aware of how they can support staff who are sick or absent from work
- Valuing and listening to feedback from disabled staff
- Reviewing the Disability Confident employer self-assessment regularly
Level 3 (Disability Confident leader): in addition to the requirements of level 2, the organisation must have its self-assessment validated from outside of the business, and be acting as a champion in the local community.
For further information on Disability Confident, please visit the national website.