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Rights of Disabled Workers Seeking Employment Need Protected

1 May, 2007

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Disability, Mid Ulster MLA Michelle O'Neill has described the findings in a new poll by undertaken by Remploy as worrying. She also called for has called for information to be made available to employers to assist them in the employment interview process with people with disabilities.

Remploy is a market leading expert in the provision of specialist employment services for disabled people and those who face complex barriers to employment. The poll found that employers feel the politically correct language of disability can be a barrier to employing more disabled people.

Ms O'Neill said

"The findings of this poll are very worrying. The fact that many employers in this day and age are saying a lack of understanding of the terms to use when describing disabilities put them off giving people with disabilities employment shows that something is clearly wrong.

"Every person living with a disability has the right to have their whole person recognised, their capabilities valued and developed to full potential, and their dignity respected. Disabled people have a right to work, yet people with disabilities are still systematically excluded from society and the workplace and that has to stop.

"We need to ensure that people with disabilities and organisations such as 'Disability Action' are directly consulted on policy decisions affecting the lives of the disabled. The process of returning to the workforce, applying for new jobs and access to every aspect of society must be made as trouble free for those with disabilities as is possible. There cannot be a different approach in processing applications for people with disabilities on getting employment. Ability to perform the job should be the only criteria to attain employment." ENDS

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