Today is International Day of People with Disabilities


  International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPD) bulletin Some 69% of disabled adults say their work has been affected by the pandemic, rising to 89% of disabled young people aged 18-25. One in five (19%) of employers are less likely to hire a disabled person, with more than two thirds citing the cost of […]

Still Locked Out: Breaking down the barriers to disability inclusive employment

In October 2020 Leonard Cheshire published their “Locked Out of the Labour Market” research, warning that the Covid-19 pandemic was set to have a negative impact on the employment prospects and economic inclusion of disabled people unless urgent action was taken. The former Minister for Disabled People was kind enough to meet with them to […]

New National Disability Strategy launches

Disabled people set to benefit from plans to upgrade job support and opportunities, housing and transport as part of a new National Disability Strategy Improving accessibility of homes, £300m investment in support for children with special educational needs and disabilities in schools and an online work passport to help disabled students move seamlessly from education […]

Learning disability charity seeks views on Accessibility of Apprenticeships

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The learning disability charity Mencap has complied a short survey (5-10 mins) to establish views from employers, training providers, and other apprenticeship stakeholders about flexibilities or exemptions to the minimum levels of English and maths qualifications for people with a learning disability or learning difficulty.  We are looking to establish whether there are recognised barriers […]

Minimising the Mental Health Crisis through Job Creation and Employment

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See the original post in FE NEWS on 6 March here By Elizabeth Taylor, ERSA and Richard Brooks, SETAS The Employability Sector  The Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) is the representative body for the employment support sector. Poor mental health is a significant and all-too-common barrier to finding employment. Our members see at first-hand the impact poor mental health has in preventing people […]

Online focus group: Sight loss and visual impairment study – employment outcomes


The Vision Foundation has commissioned the Vision Impairment Centre for Teaching and Research (VICTAR) at the University of Birmingham to do some research on employment. We want to understand more about the factors which contribute to employment outcomes (the good and not so good) for individuals with a visual impairment, living and/or working in Greater London. This […]

Jobseekers with mental health conditions deserve more funding, not less

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This has been republished as part of Mental Health Awareness week. Oringally published 15 October 2015.   A few weeks ago, articles appeared attacking the support provided to long term unemployed people, specifically individuals with mental health issues, through the Work Programme and its myriad of specialist providers. The arguments criticise both the support and […]

Chairs appointed to network to give disabled people stronger voice

The Office for Disability Issues has announced the appointment of chairs to lead 9 new Regional Stakeholder Networks From: Department for Work and Pensions and Office for Disability Issues   Regional chairs have been announced to move forward work to break down the barriers disabled people and their families face in everyday life. The appointees will lead 9 […]