Regular readers of Able Magazine will already know that we launched our employment initiative, ‘Be the Difference’, in 2018 with the specific aim of helping more disabled people find employment.

We want to match employers with vacancies and disabled people through the initiative.

Many disabled people remain frustrated and disenfranchised at the seeming lack of opportunity for them in the workplace. Be the Difference is an attempt to make a real change, working towards closing the gap.

We’ve been doing a lot of work to reach out to like-minded employers to join Be the Difference, giving them the opportunity to post jobs, share case studies and the latest news stories with Able Magazine readers to raise awareness of employers, specifically looking to employ disabled people.

The main aim of Be the Difference is to assist in matching disabled people with suitable, inclusive employers.

Support and advice

Disabled people that get in touch with Able Magazine will be signposted towards the most appropriate support organisations and employers. Able Magazine will make it easier for disabled people to not only find the support they need but also to make direct contact with the people who are striving to make their businesses or organisations more diverse and inclusive.

Able Magazine is the ideal forum to discuss disability-specific recruitment opportunities. We are encouraging businesses to be proactive in tackling what amounts to a recruitment crisis among disabled people by engaging with them via the initiative.

The Challenge

According to recent Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures, 81.1% of able-bodied people are employed, next to an employment rate of 50.7% for disabled people (April– June 2018). This huge disparity has hardly improved in a decade, despite plenty of promises and initiatives.

Businesses and individuals are invited to find out more about Be the Difference at: www.ablemagazine.co.uk/bethedifference or contact us via: btd@primasmedia.co.uk

25 years… Equality Act 1995

The Act was a huge legal milestone, designed to simplify the law by bringing together existing anti-discrimination legislation. The Act protects people against discrimination, harassment or victimisation in employment, and as users of private and public services, bringing together a range of characteristics, including disability, in equality.