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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…

Busting Myths around Facial Disfigurement

Following their previous guest blog, here are some more words of wisdom from Changing Faces: Here are a few common myths about disfigurement, which can hamper people’s opportunities at work. Myth 1: People who look different should have plastic surgery to ‘fix’ them. We’re told by the media that to be happy and successful means…

Disfigurement and the Workplace

A guest blog from our friends at Changing Faces, who help people who have a disfigurement find a way to live the life they want. There are over 1.3 million people in the UK with a mark, scar or condition that affects their appearance, and over half a million have a facial disfigurement. That’s about one…

The Different Thinking Styles of People With Autism

Another article from candidate Will van Zwanenberg about autism and employment. His first article looked at how employers can benefit from autistic employees, and the second addressed how interviews can exclude candidates with autism. This article looks more deeply at the differences in thinking styles between people with autism and neuro-typical people, and why they…

Employers Need Autistic Employees to Fuel Innovation

Evenbreak has enlisted an expert to write about the barriers to employment faced by candidates with neurological conditions. Will van Zwanenberg has exceptional attributes in the fields of law and technology, but has found that most recruitment processes are incompatible with his reality of living with the double whammy of both Asperger’s and Dyslexia, and…

Starbucks and Dyslexia

A thought-provoking article from  The Lawyer: I would imagine that, if you work in the PR team at Starbucks, the phrase “no publicity is bad publicity” is not one you would hear very often. My daily 5-shot Venti Americano was livened up considerably yesterday morning by news reports with “Starbucks employee wins dyslexia discrimination case”….