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We can do proper jobs. Proper jobs means proper wages!

27 Oct

Ace Man

 

Have you heard about what the Welfare Minister, Lord Freud, has said about people with disabilities?

 

 
Kick Ass Maracas

 

What is it about?

 

 
 
 
Ace Man

 

 

He said that people with disabilities aren’t worth paying the minimum wage!

 

Annabel

 

 

That isn’t right!

 
 
 
Malak

 

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.

 

Kick Ass Maracas

 

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.

 

 

Ace Man

 

Organisations think that disabled people can’t do the same jobs as non-disabled people.

 

 

Malak

 

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.

 

Annabel

 

In fact, research has shown that people with disabilities are more loyal, and less likely to change their jobs.

 

 

Malak

 

 

People with disabilities bring different skills and experience to the workplace.

 

 

 

Annabel

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.

 

Ace Man

 

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.

 

Malak

 

This isn’t difficult to do in all workplaces and means the work is better quality and inclusive!

 

 

Annabel

 

Lord Freud should come and spend some time with people with disabilities in the workplace and see just what they are worth!

 

 

The A-Team

We would like Lord Freud to come and visit us at CHANGE and show him the excellent work that we do every day. We work with governments and organisations like NHS England to make life better for people with disabilities.

People shouldn’t be scared about employing people with disabilities, we work just as hard and do just as good a job – we are just like you!

Proper jobs means proper wages!

Proper jobs means proper wages!

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