Sense, the national deafblind charity, has responded to new research which reveals that 1 in 10 businesses within the UK believe they are unable to employ disabled people.
The survey, which was commissioned by Disability Rights UK, highlighted a range of negative attitudes preventing employers from offering jobs to people with disabilities, such as fearing possible discrimination claims (33%) and believing disabled people would need additional time off work (12%).
Sense is concerned that despite the Government’s commitment to halving the disability employment gap, not enough action is being taken to break down the barriers preventing disabled people from finding employment.
Sense will be launching its ‘Realising Aspirations For All’ report next month, looking at how access to work can be improved for deafblind people and those with complex needs.
Kate Fitch, Head of Public Policy at Sense, said:
“It is shocking to hear that one in 10 UK employers do not believe they are equipped to offer employment to those with disabilities.
“There are over 100,000 working age people with dual sensory loss and complex needs in the UK, and it is deeply concerning that 80% of them are currently not in work and unable to reach their full potential. People with disabilities face a multitude of barriers to accessing work, such as negative employer attitudes and inadequate job support programmes. All too often they are written off as unemployable when in fact they have a great deal to contribute in the workplace.
“The Government has made an admirable pledge to halve the “disability employment gap” by getting 1 million more people with a disability or long-term illness into work. However, much more needs to be done to educate and support prospective employers so that people with more complex disabilities can be given the opportunity to work.”
More information on the report is available at http://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/news/2016/august/1-10-businesses-unable-support-employee-disability-or-health-condition.