A group of young disabled volunteers came together on Monday 4th September to receive specialist employment rights training from the Disability Law Service. The young ambassadors will now deliver workshops in universities and clinics as part of a new initiative launched by Muscular Dystrophy UK’s employability project Moving Up.
Evidence collected through Moving Up demonstrates that young disabled people are receiving little to no targeted careers advice before entering the employment market. This means that they are unsure how to discuss their disability with employers and may be missing out on employment opportunities due to a lack of understanding of the financial support and legal rights available to them.
Many of the ambassadors had previously done placements with Moving Up, so it was a great opportunity for the group to catch up or get to know each other. Stephen Robson, a solicitor from the Disability Law Service, delivered the session on the particular legislative rights and governmental support available, as well as offering practical advice. Participants were invited to share their own experiences and Stephen was on hand to give individual advice to their queries and issues.
Safiyyah Ramen who has Congenital Myasthenic Syndrome and attained an apprenticeship with University College London Hospitals after her Moving Up placement, said:
I wanted to take part because I meet so many young disabled people who have no idea of their employment rights. The session was really informative and has improved my own knowledge as well as giving me the necessary background to set up and facilitate a workshop.
Now the ambassadors are trained up and ready to deliver the sessions, Moving Up will be facilitating workshops across London to arm a new generation of young disabled people with the knowledge they need to achieve their full potential.
If you’d like to attend a workshop, find out more about Moving up, or do a placement with us, please contact MovingUp@musculardystrophyuk.org .