Yesterday (November 22) Muscular Dystrophy UK held the first Working Group for young disabled people on disabled employment meeting. The Working Group is part of MDUK’s new policy work on disabled employment funded by the City Bridge Trust. The meeting was a huge success with great in-depth discussion on the barriers disabled people face when trying to find and stay in work.
The meeting was attended by a range of people looking for work and in work which gave MDUK a well-rounded view of the issues. Those who attended were very willing to share their unique experiences and propose recommendations on how to tackle the issues they’ve experienced. Each member of the group was committed to finding ways to close the disability employment gap and this led to really productive and enthusiastic discussion.
One member of the Working Group who was at the meeting, Conrad Tokarczyk said:
It was great to be present at the first working group on disability and Employment and to be able to hear and share stories with people who’ve had similar experiences.
Bridging the disability employment gap will most certainly require concerted/collaborative action involving number of organisations and policy makers.
However, I think disabled people and disability organisations have a crucial role to play in shaping future policy- and the working group does a fantastic job in facilitating this.
MDUK’s Employability Officer Emma Vogelmann who led the meeting said:
The first meeting of the Working Group could not have gone better. Everyone who attended felt able to contribute their experiences and we had a lot of good discussion of common issues. This will really help inform the recommendations MDUK makes to MPs and other decision makers on how to close the disability employment gap.
If you’re a young disabled person and would like to join the working group, email Emma.