Muscular Dystrophy UK has published a range of advice and information to help disabled people into work and understand the support they are entitled to in the workplace.
Disabled job seekers can struggle when finding employment due to worries about inaccessible work places, employers who do not have a good understanding disability and how to approach the subject in an interview.
Muscular Dystrophy UK’s employability project, Moving Up, has compiled a list of the best disability careers resources, projects and job sites that publish opportunities with employers specifically looking to recruit more disabled people. It aims to make it easier for disabled people to access available support and find an understanding employer. Download the Top Tip sheet for more information.
Isabel Baylis, Employability Officer for Muscular Dystrophy UK, said knowing what support is out there is invaluable:
If you’ve had a bad experience looking for work or in work because of a disability then it can be daunting to keep on trying to get the career you would like. It’s helpful to have support from experts aware of the barriers and to know of which companies are disability friendly so I encourage anyone with a disability to have a look at these resources to boost your knowledge and confidence.”
The charity has also recently published an employment support factsheet with the help of law firm, Hogan Lovells. It covers people’s rights for support at work.
Hannah Lou Blackall, who has Congenital myopathy, said:
A factsheet like this is really useful, with tips and info about where to go for advice when in or seeking employment. One is often given bits of advice but it can be confusing: having it all in one document is really helpful.
Muscular Dystrophy UK has produced a number of different factsheets to help people access vital information and advice. Find out more here.
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