Disability and Employment is a new report, using the social model of disability to study the employment experiences of disabled people in Great Britain, with a particular focus on people with a mental illness.
This report shows that disabled people consistently fare worse in employment than non-disabled people. A number of factors can aggravate these negative outcomes, including the dual discrimination faced by disabled women or the especially pronounced disadvantage faced by people with mental health problems due to inflexible workplaces and ignorance about their impairments.
However, the good news is that there is a lot that can be done to help counteract and reduce artificial barriers to employment. As the new parliament begins, the time is ripe to reflect on the experience of disabled people in employment over the past five years of policy reform and look ahead to better solutions for the future.