Article 23 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states “we all have the right to employment, to be free to choose our work, and to be paid a fair salary that allows us to live and support our family”.
When you consider that the disability employment rate stands at just 52% and the pay gap for the disabled people in work is 36%, it’s not hard to see why some disabled people argue that the right to work is something they are being denied. When employers and managers often don’t know how to get the best out of neurodivergent employees and office buildings and public transport often don’t accommodate people with physical disabilities, finding an accessible job (let alone a career in a field you value) as a disabled person is an uphill struggle.
At the Global Equality and Diversity Conference 2019, Joel Attar from Ultd and Atif Choudhury, Chief Executive of Diversity and Ability Ltd, discuss the disability employment gap and the initiatives that are working to close it.
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