Disability Employment: The Challenge Of Getting To Work In A Wheelchair




The government had vowed to help one million disabled people into work over the next decade. But for many people, the challenges of work begin before they even get to the office.

The commute to work can be a battle for millions. However, for people with disabilities, transport inaccessibility can make the struggle even harder.

Wheelchair user Yragael Drouet lives in Haggerston, east London. He works in Brixton, in south London – a commute of less than six miles (9.6km).

Yet he says the fact he uses a wheelchair adds another 80 minutes to his daily journey.

“Non-disabled people can get London Overground [trains] to Highbury and Islington railway station and then take the Victoria Line,” he explains.

“But that’s not currently accessible, so my route gets incredibly complicated.”

Restricted to stations that are accessible to wheelchair users, Mr Drouet, 42, instead has to set off in the opposite direction, towards Canada Water.

There, he changes lines and travels to Green Park, where he is able to get on the Victoria Line and finally head towards Brixton.


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