A growing number of leading businesses have demonstrated the benefits of building an inclusive approach to people with disabilities as employees and customers (a survey in 2019 by BASE – British Assoc of Supported Employment -found only 6% of adults known to their local authority in England with a learning disability had paid employment)
However, recent evidence supports the view that many businesses have yet to reap the potential rewards. Many business managers including public sector and non profit organisations remain unconvinced that disabled people can improve their overall business performance.
The UK government has pledged to reduce the disability employment gap of 30.1% between non disabled and disabled people, representing over 2 million people. The national Disability Confident campaign, led by local MP’s, has started the conversation with local employers about employing more disabled people.