There's an old Yorkshire saying: "there's none so blind as them as will not see". Sadly that statement remains as true as ever of many British employers when it comes to recruitment. Whilst US surveys show the positive experience of Fortune 500 companies who actively recruit people with disabilities, it seems these same workers still struggle to obtain work. The Equality Act of course offers some protection, but the cost of bringing discrimination claims can deter many. The falling number of claims is not thought to reflect a lessening problem (but the deterrent effect of employment tribunal fees). All indications are that what is really needed is a change of attitudes towards disability in the workplace and an understanding that people with disabilities are a largely untapped source of talent. All we really need is a little more true vision.
A government commitment to increase the employment rate of disabled people will take nearly half a century, according to a group of MPs. The All Party Parliamentary Group on Disability has criticised the government's attempts to halve the disability employment gap, insisting more drastic action needs to be taken.