Employing disabled people
"The only true disability is a bad attitude"
Celebrating difference and acknowledging the impact of a disabling environment are features of the current way of looking at disability. This approach sees that barriers to disabled people are attitudinal, organisational and in the physical environment. It enables employers to assess if and how they "disable" workers and potential workers, limiting the workplace's ability to tap into their talents.
While this EEO Trust resource for employers inevitably treats disabled people as a group linked by disability, the EEO Trust challenges the very word "disability" which emphasises what people can't do rather than what they can do. As our research shows, they can do a great deal and are a largely untapped labour resource. Can we afford to continue to overlook them in a skills-short employment market.