How to get a job with a disability
I receive emails every day from bloggers and content marketers offering their services or asking to write a guest post on my site. I read all requests because I believe connecting with other experts in related fields will provide a better service to my clients and readership.
Unfortunately, most don't pique my interest. Many are trying to sell to me and you right off the bat. Even more have no connection whatsoever with career development. I don't believe most have even read my blog posts or understand that my visitors like a no-nonsense, honest approach to their career aspirations!
Tuesday was different
“The competitive nature of today’s jobs market makes it rather challenging for people with disabilities to succeed in finding employment, even though employers are prohibited from discriminating on grounds of disability. There are practical challenges which may need to be faced when candidates attend for interview, but these can be overcome with some intelligent thinking. A candidate with a mindset of ‘Here’s how I’ll deal with this obstacle’ is far more likely to be hired than one who doesn’t believe the obstacle can be conquered.”
Something about that gave me goosebumps.
I went straight to the website www.burningnightscrps.org and read Victoria's story. Wow! If someone can inspire you to find a job with a disability, Victoria is your woman!
Barriers to work
Many candidates who want to work face discrimination (even though it's against the law) or lack confidence and direction to get to where they would like to be.
Whether an employee has a mental or physical disability, is living with chronic pain/ illness (still disabilities) or is going through a tough time, employers should do more to accommodate and support their needs.
We no longer live in a traditional 9-5 society. Gone are the days when you had to fit around the employer. Many employers now offer flexible working and there has been a huge rise in recent years of organisations adapting the work environment to cater for those with disabilities, but more needs to be done. It is still a challenge for many to secure their dream job with a disability.
Equality Act 2010
The Equality Act 2010 calls for employers to make ‘reasonable adjustments' for employees with disabilities. This extends to job interviews.
The Citizen's Advice Bureau has a clear and helpful article on this topic.
UCAS also has a great article you may like to bookmark or read on disability discrimination in the workplace.
This link from Gov.uk details your disability rights at work.
Getting a job with a disability
Victoria kindly provided me with this infographic to share with you. Please share this post so that we can reach as many people as possible who need a confidence boost, some focus, inspiration and support.
Keep reading until the end to find out more about Burning Nights, CPRS & RSD and Victoria's inspirational story.
Pretty powerful, don't you think?
Burning Nights is a registered charity raising awareness of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), a poorly understood chronic neuropathic pain condition. It aims to improve the quality of life and provide information and support to sufferers, loved ones, families, friends and carers.
If you do one thing today (after you've shared this post!), I urge you to read Victoria's harrowing, yet inspirational story. Victoria lives with the debilitating effects of CRPS and as a result of the condition is a double amputee.
Burning Nights was awarded Charity of the Year in 2016 by Aspire Magazine.
Victoria was awarded Aspire Magazine's Crystal Trophy ‘Inspirational Woman of the Year 2016.'