Young disabled people from Muscular Dystrophy UK’s Trailblazers group headed to Parliament on 7 February to share their views on Government plans to tackle the disability employment gap.
The session was a Muscular Dystrophy UK roundtable meeting, co-chaired by Baroness Thomas of Winchester and Baroness Campbell of Surbiton. It also featured representatives from the Department for Work and Pensions and from major employers, including the financial services firm, ING. Ravi Mehta, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, spoke about his work experience placement at ING.
This is part of MDUK’s work to make sure that people with muscle-wasting conditions can respond directly to the Government’s Green Paper consultation on closing the disability employment gap.
You can read our briefing on the Government’s proposals here. We are currently preparing our own written response to the Green Paper.
MDUK’s Trailblazers also run an employability project called Moving Up. The team at the project has released a report on closing the disability employment gap, based on a recent focus group forum with young disabled people, family members and industry experts.
The report makes important recommendations for improvement, including:
- Increased access at Job Centres to careers advisors specialising in disability employment. This would also help disabled people understand their legal rights.
- Wider roll out of work experience and employability schemes to help people into employment and gain work related skills
- More support for smaller companies to make reasonable adjustments for disabled employees
You can read the full report – which will also be submitted to the DWP – here.
For more information – and to share your views ahead of our response to the Green Paper – please contact Peter Sutton on firstname.lastname@example.org or Michaela Hollywood on email@example.com