Are you missing out on attracting and retaining a motivated and talented segment of the working population?

Research shows that people with disabilities often demonstrate higher levels of motivation, innovation, loyalty, problem-solving skills and creativity, yet 50% of disabled people in the UK are unemployed or feel hindered by barriers in the workplace.

Disabilities and their complexities

Disability is a complex concept influenced by various factors.

A wide range of health conditions or impairments qualify a person as disabled: loss of sight, a broken arm from a biking accident, autoimmune fatigue, seizures or having a mental illness are just a few examples. It is estimated that 70-80% of disabilities are invisible, and almost everyone will temporarily or permanently experience disability at some point in their life.

Unfortunately, while an individual’s physical or mental condition might contribute to their disability, society plays a large part in creating barriers or challenges that limit opportunities and access for disabled people.

Negative attitudes and discrimination

Negative attitudes, discrimination and a lack of understanding in the workplace are significant barriers that disabled individuals face. According to the Return on Disability Report, only 4% of businesses prioritise making their offerings inclusive for disabled people, while 54% of employers express concerns over a disabled employee’s ability to perform their job effectively.

This lack of inclusivity and support is reflected in troubling statistics: 58% of disabled people feel at risk of losing their jobs, and 53% have experienced bullying or harassment at work due to their impairments (Scope 2017).

The path forward is clear and crucial—it lies in the hands of businesses. It is imperative that companies start doing more to foster an inclusive environment, actively support disabled employees and challenge negative attitudes to ensure a fair and equitable workplace for all.

“There is a global disability inequality crisis. And it can’t be fixed by governments and charities alone. It needs the most powerful force on the planet: business.”

— Caroline Casey, Founder Valuable500

Unlock the power of disabled talent in your workplace

If you are keen to create a fairer, more supportive and inclusive workplace and discover the immense benefits of recruiting and retaining disabled talent in your organisation, join us for our insightful webinar hosted by Kath Wood, Medigold’s Disability Training and Consultancy Specialist.

The webinar will explore:

  • Best practices in disability-inclusive recruitment, including attraction, application, assessment, interview, and onboarding processes.
  • Strategies to support disabled talent within your business, including culture change, encouraging disclosure, implementing workplace adjustments and removing barriers to progression.
  • How to implement effective workplace adjustments to create an inclusive environment.

We’ll also be looking at a live case study from the BT Group, showcasing real-world success stories.

𝗗𝗮𝘁𝗲: Thursday 11th July 2024

𝗧𝗶𝗺𝗲: 12:30pm – 1:30pm

𝗥𝗲𝗴𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿 here: https://bit.ly/4eN5fh9