Why purple today?

Atos is taking part in the International Day of People with Disabilities #PurpleLightUp

#PurpleLightUp – a global movement for change


#PurpleLightUp’ is a global movement designed to draw attention to the economic empowerment of disabled people. Across business and government alike, it has become synonymous with International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) held annually on 3rd December. First launched by the United Nations in 1992, it’s now a globally recognized date. For one day only the world is lighting up purple to celebrate and empower disabled people.

Join the celebration

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Atos is turning their website purple for the day and is hosting two webinars. We are proud to welcome our keynote speaker Molly Watt, Usability and Accessibility Consultant, as well as Neil Milliken, Global Head of Accessibility and Digital Inclusion at Atos, who will explain how technology is making the world of business more inclusive.

#PurpleLightUp started off from a single tweet from PurpleSpace CEO Kate Nash OBE back in 2017 and the best way to get involved is by taking to the social media airwaves and using #PurpleLightUp on and around 3rd December.

Why it matters


Over 1 billion people worldwide have some form of disability, that’s 1 in 7. It can affect any of us at any time in our lives. In a growing global movement, over 160 countries have signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. But there’s still more to be done. True inclusion comes from a world that accepts all human difference, where people demand their voices to be heard. #PurpleLightUp powered by PurpleSpace, rallies awareness in this global call to action.

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Purple Light Up 2019

It is often said that human perception of time varies according to circumstances. It is certainly the case for me with Dyslexia and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) as it only seems like the blink of an eye since 2018 when we were working to make our website purple for International Day of Persons with Disabilities as part of the #PurpleLightUp campaign.


Employees’ testimonials

To mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, three of my colleagues are taking the time to tell their stories and share their experiences about what it is like to live and work with impairment. I am so grateful to them and I hope that reading them will inspire and encourage more of you to engage.

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