The harsh reality is that the majority of employers overlook the potential talent within the disabled community.
I’m 23 years old and have limb girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD), a condition that gradually weakens my muscles over time. It means that, today, I have very little movement from the neck down. Throughout my life I’ve always been encouraged to embrace every opportunity that came my way and enjoy life to the full.
I attended a special needs school and was fortunate enough to attend one that operated on the same site as a mainstream school. This meant I attended lessons and gained my GCSEs and A Levels as part of a mainstream comprehensive. Operating in a hybrid environment meant the people around me were used to interacting with people with a range of impairments. However, I couldn’t ignore the reality of my disability when faced with crucial choices about my future.
Due to the progressive nature of LGMD, time is everything. Rather than spending three years at university, during which time my muscles would have weakened even more, I decided to move straight from school to the jobs market; eager put my studies to practical use.
And so, I began my quest for employment. I was encouraged to learn that there are initiatives to help promote disabled people in the workplace, but the harsh reality is that the majority of employers overlook the potential talent within the disabled community.
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