There are woefully low numbers of disabled people working in PR today and no community for them to share, learn and gain support.
The DisAbility PR Network is a place for those things.
It’s run entirely by me – Sara Hawthorn – in my spare time alongside running an agency and is a growing and evolving platform that will be guided by those who use it and value it and what the PR industry needs.
The development of the DisAbility PR Network was borne from my own frustrations as a hearing aid user and my experiences during my PR career. It aims to shed light on what it’s like working in the public relations industry with a disability, provide support for agency heads and senior leaders taking steps to make their teams more inclusive and build a community of PR pros who openly or otherwise are working with a disability as defined by the 2010 Equality Act.
Contributing to the DisAbility PR site
If you’d like to share your experience of being disabled in PR – whether you’re freelance, in-house or agency based, please get in touch and tell me what you’d like to share. Whether it’s an interview story, lived experience, becoming disabled during your PR career, or why you don’t identify as disabled, this site is a place to share and air those stories. Blogs can be posted anonymously if requested.
One of the goals of the site is to build a resource of helpful, insightful articles for disabled PR pros, employers and those committed to improving diversity in their own spaces. For that to happen, I’ll be I’ll be looking for contributors to research, write and update the site with new, fresh content.
Too many disabled writers are already expected to work for free, and that isn’t something I want to do here. As an independent initiative, figuring out the funding for this is something I’m still working out.