Aaron Drain

Microlink: Leading the way on change for the disabled workforce


Keeping with the Disability Confident theme, we’ve caught up with our partners at Microlink to find out why being a Disability Confident Leader is important to them. Read on to discover more about their journey of inclusion and equality.


Microlink and Texthelp Disability Confident at work image

Can you tell us a little about the business and your links to Texthelp?

Microlink is proud to be Texthelp’s longest serving customer in the disability sector. Together we’ve been supporting disabled people in both education and the workplace since 1992 and have helped hundreds of thousands of students reach their true academic level and transition into work; something we’re committed to doing until all barriers to success have been removed.


How did you find out about the Disability Confident Scheme and why did it resonate with you? Why did you want to be part of the scheme?

I was actually one of the founding members of the Disability Confident Scheme. I was part of the taskforce, and proposed that the scheme be created. Microlink was one of the first companies to reach leadership status and we have mentored many other organisations to become Disability Confident since the scheme’s inception.


What level are you currently at?

Microlink is a Disability Confident Leader.


How has being Disability Confident made a difference to your business? Which changes do you feel have made the biggest impact for both your business and your team?

We’ve been heavily involved in the disability arena for over 20 years now so our practices are dedicated to making companies more inclusive. Our clients, which are some of the largest organisations in the country, have successfully set-up workplace adjustment services and assistive technology provisions, enabling employees full access to the tools and solutions that help them thrive and reach their full potential no matter what their disability or health condition.


What are your next steps with regards to the scheme and your business?

To take the message of inclusivity global and help the world become more inclusive. There are over one billion people with a disability on the planet and with the right technology and support, millions will be able to enter the job market and make a full contribution to society, boosting the economy, unleashing untapped resources and advancing humanity.


Why would you recommend the scheme to others?

Joining the Disability Confident scheme is a great way for organisations to recognise and remove workplace barriers so that every employee can communicate, learn, work and be a productive part of society  - this has been our goal all along.  The scheme helps employers on their journey towards that goal by guiding them on how to recruit, retain and develop individuals by removing barriers to employment and education.


If you would like to explore more, find out how you could become a Disability Confident Organisation, or hear from other Disability Confident organisations as part of our Disability Inclusion series.

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About the interviewee

Dr Nasser Siabi OBE, CEO Microlink PC (UK) Ltd.

Nasser is the CEO of Microlink PC (UK) Ltd founded in November 1992. The companies’ core mission is to provide disability management and assistive technology to both the workplace and educational facilities, working towards an inclusive society and offering support throughout a person's lifespan.

Nasser was awarded an OBE in 2011 for his contribution in helping over 300,000 disabled people transition from education into work. He is also a founding member of the British Assistive Technology Association (BATA) and part of the DWP Disability Employer Engagement steering group. In 2015 he received a lifetime achievement award from the National Diversity Awards (NDA) for his contribution to people with disabilities.

 

 

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