‘Overwhelmingly, participants highlighted that the most effective type of employment support was personalised and tailored to their needs’.
This is from the June 2019 report from Scope. Starting a new job looks at factors that help and hinder disabled people when entering the workplace. This report followed 21 participants who have recently started a new job.
The report finds:
- Managers were key in getting support for disabled workers. While colleagues’ attitudes were important to feeling accepted in a workplace and working well with other people. Both played a key role in a successful start to employment.
- For some disabled people there are essential adjustments that are needed to do their jobs. However, there was often uncertainty over what adjustments would be seen as ‘reasonable’.
- Choosing to discuss conditions or impairments when in work was based on a range of factors. For people with a visible impairment, it wasn’t even a choice, whereas for others, it was based on how they felt disability would be perceived in the workplace.