The employment of disabled people

Disabled people make great employees, particularly in Disability Support Services.

Disabled people make great employees, particularly in disability support services (DSS). However disabled people are more likely to be unemployed or earn less than their able-bodied peers.

Increasing the number of disabled people employed in DSS is a priority in the Disability Workforce Action Plan.

Recommendations for DSS employers

Here are some simple ways you can increase the number of disabled people employed in your service.

  • Ensure your leaders and staff have the skills and knowledge to be supportive of disabled people, for example through disability responsiveness training, and training on the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
  • Have agreed support plans in place for disabled people from the outset, for example flexible working hours.
  • Offer work experience opportunities for disabled people, for example internships, work placements, volunteering.
  • Promote the characteristics of the role that would appeal to disabled people, for example working within the disabled community, having lived experience, having knowledge of the disability system.

Disabled people face a range of barriers to employment including stereotypes, negative attitudes of employers/co-workers and employment policies.

The report The employment of disabled people in disability support services provides more information, and includes case studies.