Have you heard about what the Welfare Minister, Lord Freud, has said about people with disabilities?
What is it about?
He said that people with disabilities aren’t worth paying the minimum wage!
That isn’t right!
It isn’t right but lots of people agree with him – he is just the first one to say it. They are scared to employ people with disabilities.
They think it will be more expensive for them. They will have to make their buildings accessible and find people to help their disabled staff with their work.
Organisations think that disabled people can’t do the same jobs as non-disabled people.
That just isn’t realistic. If you make a safe environment and provide communication support, people can do exactly the same jobs as their non-disabled colleagues.
In fact, research has shown that people with disabilities are more loyal, and less likely to change their jobs.
People with disabilities bring different skills and experience to the workplace.
Yes they do. I have a physical disability and I know how to manage it each day to prioritise the things I need to do to take into account my disability. This is a skill that I can transfer into the workplace to make sure the work gets done at the right time.
We are experts by experience. More organisations should use the co-working model. When disabled and non-disabled people work together to share their skills and knowledge, it is a powerful; model! I live with a disability every day, we can learn skills from each other.
This isn’t difficult to do in all workplaces and means the work is better quality and inclusive!
Lord Freud should come and spend some time with people with disabilities in the workplace and see just what they are worth!