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Diversity FAQ’s No 15: Should I be ‘afraid’ of recruiting and/or assessing ‘disabled’ individuals?

There may be an inherent presumption that our question appears to suggest: that ‘disabled’ individuals are a different ‘type’ of person, such that we need to manage them differently from everyone else. Indeed, the question may also appear to suggest that we ‘know’ what ‘disabled’ individuals ‘look like’.

Here are some facts from a recent study for us to initially consider for helping assist with dealing with some of these presumptions:

  • 10 million people in the UK have a disability (according to the Office for National Statistics, ONS)
  • Nearly 1 in 5 people of working age have a disability (defined as physical, mental or sensory impairments), which equates to approximately 7 million or 18.6% of the UK workforce according to a Shaw Trust report
  • Statistics suggest that 2% of the overall UK workforce (approx 29.11 million) becomes disabled every year, with 78% acquiring an impairment from the ages of 16 or older
  • 1 in 10 people have dyslexia to some degree
  • 2% of the UK population have a learning related disability
  • 20% of the UK population require online reading support

The simple point being made via the statistics above is that disability is both a visible and invisible reality, and importantly, that anyone (you, me, we) can acquire a disability at any point of our working lives – we therefore need to strategically embrace it in our organisations as a reality of our human identity. Continue reading


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