Eurofound: Social and employment situation of people with disabilities

13 December 2018
Source: Eurofound

People with disabilities are among the most disadvantaged groups in the EU. This policy brief examines the social situation of people of working age with disabilities, using data from the 2011 and 2016 rounds of the European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS). The brief looks at changes over this period in employment, education and training, participation in society, social protection

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Longitudinal Transition Study results published. Funded by Thomas Pocklington Trust

9 November 2018
Source: University of Birmingham/Thomas Pocklington Trust

The University of Birmingham have published the results of a Longitudinal Transition Study, funded by Thomas Pocklington Trust, following the experiences of young people with vision impairment from secondary school into further education and employment. Findings from the study show that whilst participants are inching closer to the labour market, common challenges were identified: •Just over a fifth (21 per

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Macular Society: Visually impaired people in employment questionnaire

5 June 2018
Source: Macular Society

The Macular Society has heard anecdotal evidence that people with sight loss are not receiving the support they need from their employers to stay in employment. The Macular Society would like to investigate whether this is a wider problem and if so they’d like to work with employers to overcome these issues. As such they are aiming to gather usable

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Guardian: Disabled people worry about telling employers of their condition

7 November 2017
Source: The Guardian

UK charity’s survey finds almost half of disabled people have worried about making employers aware of their disability. Almost half of disabled people have worried about making employers aware of their impairment or condition, research by the disability charity Scope has found. This has prompted calls for employers to create environments where disabled people are more comfortable “coming out”. The

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Learning Disability Week and Positive Choices

3 July 2017
Source: SeeAbility

The focus for this year’s Learning Disability Week (19-25 June) was employment.  It looked to raise awareness on the benefits of employing people with a learning disability to help tackle the appallingly low levels of employment there currently are. Scott Watkin, Eye care and vision development officer at SeeAbility, thinks that ‘it’s really bad that only 6% of people with a learning disability

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Impact of visual impairment on health, wealth & jobs – taking a person-centred approach to wellbeing

5 May 2017
Source: West Midlands Local Eye Health Network in partnership with VISION 2020 UK, Health Education England in the West Midlands

West Midlands Local Eye Health Network in partnership with VISION 2020 UK, Health Education England in the West Midlands, and Sight Village are pleased to invite you to:   Impact of visual impairment on health, wealth & jobs – taking a person-centred approach to wellbeing   At Sight Village Birmingham Tuesday 18th July 2017 9.15am – 4.30pm New Bingley Hall,

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Guide for employment professionals

16 February 2017
Source: RNIB

RNIB and the Institute of Employability Professionals have joined together to create a guide outlining what good employment support for blind and partially sighted people looks like. We want to equip employment professionals with the knowledge, tools and confidence to support working age people with sight loss to find or stay in work, and to ensure specialist provision is offered

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RNIB: Guide to working with blind and partially sighted colleagues

3 November 2016
Source: RNIB

RNIB and the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion have teamed up to publish a Guide to working with blind and partially sighted colleagues. The guide is essential reading for line managers, supervisors, or those supporting blind and partially sighted colleagues in the workplace. Full information available:  Here  

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RNIB: Work Programme statistics briefing

4 August 2016
Source: RNIB

Background and key messages The Work Programme is the UK Government’s main programme to support long-term unemployed people back to work in England, Scotland and Wales. This briefing demonstrates that comparatively few blind and partially sighted individuals are benefitting from the Work Programme, with only 90 people in Great Britain having gained employment as a result of their participation between

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BBC Documentary ‘Employable Me’ recruiting

27 May 2016
Source: Optomen TV

BBC’s ‘Employable Me’ is looking to get in touch with Blind and Partially Sighted individuals, and those who have lost their sight, who are looking for work and struggle to find employment. The Series looks at the science behind a broad range of possibilities and conditions, discovers skills and talents in new areas, and looks at how the right employers

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