How can we help employers to get it right when employing disabled people?

Two women in red uniforms in a supermarketWhen we spoke to people who are deafblind about their experiences of employment, it was clear that many had been through negative experiences with employers, including a lack of understanding about how to meet the needs of people with sensory impairments in the workplace.

This lack of support and understanding has meant that, for those people with sensory impairments that wish to work, they have come up against additional barriers like inaccessible recruitment processes and failures to adjust the working environment to suit communication needs.

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Do disabled people get the support they need to find employment?

Two women in red uniforms in a supermarketOn Friday 17 January, the Government’s Joint Work and Health Unit closed their consultation for the Work, Health and Disability green paper, Improving Lives.

The green paper consultation focused on how to increase support for disabled people to enter employment, work-related benefit assessments, and support employers to employ more disabled people.

Over the past two months Sense, along with the people we support, have been involved with responding to the consultation to make sure the views of people who are deafblind, have sensory impairments or complex needs, are taken into account in the Government’s next steps to improve disability employment.

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The Government want to support more disabled people into work – but what role can technology play?

A woman holding a tablet computerTowards the end of last year the Government released the long-awaited green paper on work, health and disability, Improving Lives. With the disability employment gap stubbornly remaining at 32 percentage points, the green paper sets outs ideas to encourage and support more disabled people into work.

While the paper attempts to start a discussion on the range of barriers facing disabled people in employment, including the role of employers, employment support and benefit assessments, it fails to pick up on some vital aspects that would help make work accessible to disabled people, and in particular those with sensory loss.

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