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Tapping into the disability talent pool

Securing a job when you have a disability can be life-affirming – and creates a more diverse workforce for businesses

The work of Disability Rights UK in this area was quoted in this Guardian article (14 July 2013).

Lloyds' decision to create development programmes exclusively for its disabled staff chime with research by former disability rights organisation Radar – now part of Disability Rights UK – which found that mentoring and career-long support made it more likely that a disabled person would succeed at work.

But getting a first step on the career ladder is currently the biggest obstacle for young disabled people, says Liz Sayce, chief executive of Disability Rights UK. "It's increasingly difficult to get work experience or that first job," she says. "Work experience generally doesn't attract Access to Work funding and that is a massive disadvantage, and is a real inequality in the system that needs to be addressed."

To view the article go to http://careers.guardian.co.uk/employment-disability-diverse-workforce