11 November 2002
One in six young people with a disability surveyed by the Disability Rights Commission had been turned down for a job because of their condition.
Nine out of ten thought it was harder for them to find work than for non-disabled people. And nearly a third thought they would be earning less at 30.
The report comes at a time when the government is looking at ways to encourage more disabled people to join the workforce.
Said DRC chairman Bert Massie, "We must do everything possible to ensure that young disabled people enjoy our vision of a society where everyone can participate fully as equal citizens. A significant number have suffered discrimination at work which may be illegal. This has to change".
Shadow Minister for Work and Pensions, Oliver Heald said the New Deal for Young People should focus its efforts far more on young people with disabilities.