Employ me? Work and disability hurdles

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According to our loving government all their cuts are being put in place to help us all in to work. Don’t you know that as people with Disability A can work, then people with Disability B must also be able to? And if someone with a mild version of Disability C can work, then of course someone with a more severe version can too! Why on earth would you want to treat disabled people on a person by person basis when you can treat them as one amorphous mass, those lazy scroungers, they don’t deserve more than that now do they?

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6 thoughts on “Employ me? Work and disability hurdles

  1. Astrid says:

    Thanks fo rposting htis. I’ve never worked due to my cobination of disabilities. I remember being faced with the same “If A can work, then B should too” mentality when I disclosed my autism diangosis on a blindness E-mail list. Blind people should be able to work, the people on this list reasoned, and Temple Grandin can work too so autistic people should be able to work too. Fortunately I’ve never had issues with assessment for disability benefits. I cannot relate to being in severe, chronic pain, but I do understand it’s particularly hard for you to get on benefits because people think that they know what pain is like from the time they had a bruised knee and they could work fine then.

    • MurderOfGoths says:

      It’s crazy how often people try to minimise disability and pretend they know better instead of actually listening to the person dealing with it day to day. Like having health issues means we cannot know our own minds.

      Sorry to hear you’ve had hassle too.

  2. David Gillon says:

    Good piece. WRT “they – like a few companies I know – have a policy of sending staff for a disciplinary if they have more than 3 absences (whether due to sickness or not)” – under the Equality Act they pretty much have to treat disability-related absence as distinct from sickness related absence and negotiate individual reasonable adjustments around an employee’s disability. OTOH this won’t kick in until you’re covered by the EA definition of disability – significant effects in daily life on a long term basis (i.e. it’s happened, or will happen, for a year or more), which might not cover your friend’s situation, but would cover you. Companies should know this, but many don’t, or pretend not to.

  3. GirlWithTheCane says:

    This is such an excellent post. You explain so clearly the difficulties involved with working while disabled – particularly the assumptions of others and a culture of work (that exists in Canada in the US as well, by the way) where it’s so difficult to find accommodating employers.
    I live in Canada, and have been following the struggle around welfare benefit reform for several years. I see similar trends in North America – but not nearly the inhumanity that Britain continues to experience.
    All the best to you.

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