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Category Archives: Attitudes around disability

What Problems do Dyslexic People Face in the Legal Professions?

Just a few short decades ago hardly anyone had heard of dyslexia and children who had the learning disability were left to struggle and were often told they were lazy or stupid. Now, thankfully, we know a lot better and most dyslexic children and students are identified and given help so that they can access…

I’ve Lost My Sight, Will I Lose My Job?

This is a guest post from Daniel Williams from Visualise Training and Consultancy. Will I lose my job if I have lost my vision? With over 200 people being diagnosed every week with an eye condition in work which cannot be corrected by the wearing of glasses or contact lenses, there is a lot of…

New Research on Mental Health in the Workplace

Totaljobs has recently conducted research around mental health in the workplace which showed that two thirds (67%) of UK workers would not feel comfortable discussing a mental health issue with their employer. Likewise, 1 in 3 employees still feel there is a workplace stigma attached to mental health issues, according to the research. The research, which surveyed over…

A Note to Employers about Unconventional CVs

Will van Zwanenberg talks about his experience of presenting unconventional CVs, and how employers can misinterpret CVs: As a would-be employer, if you received a CV from a job applicant that didn’t include a complete chronology of their past employment history, what would you be likely to think? Would you assume that the candidate had…

Inclusive Top 50 Employers

I was very proud to be asked to speak at the recent launch of the Southern Top Fifty Inclusive Employers event at Bloomberg. A number of people have asked for the transcript of my speech, so I’ve reproduced it here. “I’m thrilled to be here! Inclusion is to be celebrated, and what better way to…

Guest blog: 5 people with sight loss and their careers

Another guest post about careers for people with sight loss, this time from Zoe Chen: Diagnosis of vision loss can be an agony for most people though eye ailments are not rare: even some celebrities, like Bono who announced his glaucoma the reason of his long time sunglasses wearing, have serious eye conditions despite the better…

Guest blog: Bias Against Disabled Candidates

Today a guest blog from Mike Duxbury with some remarkable findings from research about bias against disabled candidates: The following report was instigated 5 years ago having discussed with a number of people both from Job Centre Plus, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Action for Blind People and the RNIB. Having seen some statistics in…

Guest blog: Frustrations of gradual sight loss

Today’s blog is written by  Ryan Compton, Director of Centre for Resolution. He documents his personal experiences of gradual sight loss. I was born and raised in Manchester. As a child I had tons of energy, always moving about. Aged 3 I attended my first appointment for a checkup to see if I had inherited…

Could I carry a tea tray? Give me a break!

‘Could you carry a tea tray in your wheelchair?’ was one of the most memorable questions I was asked when looking for a graduate job. It was a deal-breaking query, the embarrassed HR manager explained carefully, because my potential new boss was an important, busy person who needed someone to make and carry his tea….

Images of Disability

I’ve been thinking about images of disability a lot lately. The upcoming Paralympics in Rio probably prompted it. Whilst “Superhuman” is a refreshing change from the stereotypes of “benefit scrounger” or “object of pity”, it’s an unrealistic image for most of us to live up to. All world class athletes, disabled or otherwise, are remarkable…

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