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Why Employ Disabled People?

Its worth regularly reminding ourselves of the real value that disabled people bring to our organisations. There have been recent mutterings about disabled people being “not worth” the minimum wage, which sends out the opposite message to reality – that disabled employees are a positive asset to any workplace. Organisations who have employed disabled people…

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…

Infograph: Why diversity in staff can improve business performance

It is estimated that over one billion people in the world suffer from a disability and that of this one billion, between 110 and 190 million have difficulty in functioning. The rate of disability continues to increase due to ageing population and an increase in chronic health conditions. While many persons with disabilities are of…

Scope Report – Enabling Work

I was delighted to read a fascinating report produced by Scope entitled “Enabling Work: disabled people, employment and the UK economy”. Whilst we all know that employing disabled people is A Good Thing for disabled people, employers and the economy, this report explores how the world would look if more disabled people were employed. Landman…

Why Evenbreak is a Living Wage employer

Living Wage week begins next Sunday (2nd November), and I thought it might be useful to talk about why being a Living Wage employer is so important to us at Evenbreak. There has been discussion recently from a number of prominent figures around whether some disabled people are “worth the minimum wage”. Whether or not…

Top 5 reasons why you should not hire a disabled person

We have written about disability employment from the point of view of the disabled person, but as an employer, how do you feel when considering employing disabled people? We know you may have reservations, and here are some very common ones: 1. They are less productive than non-disabled people There is a perception, sometimes reinforced…

Book Review: No Greatness Without Goodness

I first came across the author of this book by hearing him being interviewed on radio. Randy Lewis talked about his son, Austin, and Austin’s struggle with autism, and how much Austin taught Randy about love and life. And about the value that all kinds of disabled people bring to society. His experiences with Austin…

Finding Amazing Talent

I am privileged to be the Patron of the Natspec Inclusive Skills Competitions. These are a range of competitions where young people with complex learning needs can showcase their skills in a range of areas. One of the perks of my role is going to the competitions and meeting the competitors. Last week I went…

A successful conference!

Evenbreak recently held our first conference. Called “Employing Disabled People – the Bottom Line”, it was aimed at helping employers understand the real business benefits of employing disabled people, with lots of ideas about how to gain those benefits. The aims of the conference were two-fold – firstly to help employers become more accessible and inclusive…