It’s hardly necessary to explain how acquiring a disability could be a traumatic experience. A less obvious problem is the effect it can have on a person’s career. Only 47% of disabled working age adults are in employment, compared to 77% for the rest of the population.
Among those disabled people who are in work, there’s a notable lack of visible career high achievers (can you name a self-declared, disabled FTSE 100 boss?), a symptom of what the DWP once called the ‘disability glass ceiling’.
To give you an idea of the extent of the issue, a recent survey by the Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative found that 67% of recruiters believed employers were 'fearful' of hiring disabled people.
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