Company Corner: Ability Today

Company Corner: Ability Today

Removing barriers for disabled people is a key part of Patchwork Hub’s mission to make the world of work a more accessible and inclusive place. As such, we’re also dedicated to sharing the work of like-minded organisations that share our vision. Continuing our Company Corner series, we recently caught up with Grant Logan, Founder and CEO of Ability Today. Ability Today is an education and resource platform training disabled people and providing pathways to employment, and an organisation dedicated to having a positive effect on the lives of disabled people.

What is Ability Today?

Ability Today is an education and resource platform training disabled people and providing pathways to employment. We publish local, national and international news sourced from around the world, covering topics on research, education, sport, leisure, travel and more – all relevant to the disabled community. The aim of the website is to have a positive effect on the lives of disabled people, give them the information and news that is targeted and relevant to them, and include a community that is often overlooked and left out.

In 2020 we launched the Academy for Disabled Journalists, in partnership with the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), helping to train journalists for the media jobs of tomorrow and make education and training accessible to all. And more recently, in 2023, we partnered with Novos to launch the Academy for Disabled SEO Specialists.

What is the main aim of your organisation?

The aim of Ability Today is to have a positive effect on the lives of disabled people, give them training and education to help create job opportunities and provide news and knowledge on disability from around the world.

What is one of Ability Today’s proudest achievements

In 2020, we launched our Academy for Disabled Journalists to be 100% online and accessible to any disabled student wherever they are. With this, we aim to remove the barriers of transport, accessibility and lack of support. We now have students all over the UK and even internationally who study from home with the accessible tools provided for them.

To what extent has remote working opened up new possibilities for your community?

Working and studying from home has revolutionised the ability for disabled people to be active,  included, and seek new opportunities. Online tools such as Zoom, online stenography, AI Captions, Notetakers and OBS software have allowed us to hold our classes online, students can work around their disabilities and be active members in a class of their peers, no longer the only disabled person in the room. Remote working allows a disabled person access to job opportunities not available to them before and increases self-belief, confidence and the ability to become a positive member of the workforce.

What do you think is the biggest challenge your industry will face in the next 5 years?

I believe AI will have a huge impact on our industry and how we support disabled people to find new work opportunities. AI will undoubtedly have a positive effect in many areas but I do worry that it will take jobs away in many sectors. We will need to ensure disabled people are included equally in future job roles.

Ability Today’s thoughts on Patchwork Hub:

“Patchwork Hub is at the forefront in finding accessible job roles to increase the opportunities for disabled people. Founder Beth is championing the way in which organisations seek a more diverse and inclusive workforce.”

Ability Today’s motto

Let's focus on what we can do!

 

Want to find out more about Ability Today? Check out the links below:

Ability Today's Instagram

Ability Today's Facebook

Ability Today's Twitter

Grant Logan’s LinkedIn

Academy for Disabled Journalists' Twitter


Published: 16th August 2023

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