A Right to Work For All

Posted on December 3, 2014 by Shaun Barker

Right to work Blog ArticleToday is International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which is organised by the United Nations. According to the World health Organisation* there are one billion in the world who are living with a disability and I'm one of them.

I've been working at Simplyhealth Independent Living for 5 years now but unfortunately not all people with disabilities get the same opportunities to work as me. This year International Day of Persons with Disabilities is highlighting the importance of creating open and accessible workplaces, so more people with disabilities can enter the world of work.

According to the UN, people with disabilities can be excluded from workplaces due to negative perceptions about their ability or worries about the cost of accommodating their disability.

I know from my own personal experience that with the right support and right technology, people with disabilities can make a valuable contribution to working life. I have a powerchair, which means I'm not held back. It also means that I'm able to help customers in our Andover Independent Living Centre by offering my first-hand experience.

Being at work has helped build my confidence and learn new skills. This is why I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to work if they are able to.

*World Health Organisation 2013 http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs352/en/