8 April 2002
People with disabilities who want to work are still facing exclusion, a survey has found.
One in three of 200 senior directors interviewed said they felt the majority of employers would opt for an able-bodied candidate rather than a disabled person of equal experience, even if the disability was no hindrance to doing the job.
A similar number believed disabled employees would have worse absentee records and two-thirds would have concerns about the cost of altering premises or providing special equipment, though grants are available. A spokesman for UnumProvident, the disability insurer, estimated there were 750,000 disabled people in the UK who wanted to work and could be helped in their search for employment and given greater independence. "The obstacles to achieving this are the many misconceptions employers have".