In our latest video interview, Disability Horizons Co-founder Martyn Sibley talks to Jane Hatton, who runs Evenbreak, a job site dedicated to disabled people. Watch our video to find out about Jane’s struggles in getting a job, setting up her own business, and how you can have career success too.
Getting a job isn’t easy for anyone. But when you have a disability, it’s even harder. The statistics show that disabled people are more likely to be unemployed. I believe this is because of two key areas.
1. The first is the social barriers many disabled people face. With transport and buildings not always being accessible, it makes getting to work and actually working in the building difficult.
2. Second is the attitudes of some employers. Unfortunately, many people think that disabled people are not up to the job, or that it’ll be extra hassle and expense to make employing them possible.
Some employers also discriminate by not giving a candidate the chance to flourish in the area they’re most suited too. For example, for some people, writing lots may be difficult, but giving a presentation might give them the chance to shine. It’s about making small tweaks to the interview process to make a big difference.
Whilst these barriers are a problem, things are getting better. The physical environment, people’s attitudes to disability, and the organisational policies are definitely getting more inclusive over time.