The Government is seeking views on how disabled people can be better supported into work and to stay in work.
The Government's consultation document - "Improving lives: the work, health and disability Green Paper" - rightly recognises the obstacles that disabled people face in accessing employment. This is especially important for blind and partially sighted people. Only one in four blind or partially sighted people are in employment, whilst the employment rate amongst disabled people in general is one in two and that of non-disabled people is four in five.
We welcome the Green Paper's aim to tackle the barriers that disabled people face in employment, in a wide-ranging consultation covering employment, health and social security issues. We'll be responding to the Government's consultation and will be working with MPs to ensure that the Green Paper meets the needs of blind and partially sighted people.
This is an amazing opportunity for us to improve the work prospects of blind and partially sighted people. Let's not miss it, the consultation is open until 17 February.
Want to know what the government is looking at before letting them know what you think? Would you like some more information on our views on the issues being looked at? Our campaigner briefing can help:
Would you like to join a teleconference meeting to discuss the issues and feed in your views? We only have space for 12 people and spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis so make sure you don't miss out. Call us on 020 7391 2123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some of our campaign supporters have shared their experiences of getting into work.
"I did have help from Access to Work, but it seemed a long drawn out process when I applied for it. I didn't really get help from them to fill in all the paper work."
"When I visited the Jobcentre, the person helping me leaned over and said, “If you can’t see very well, how did you get here?” It made me feel that I was some kind of fraud. I wanted the ground to open up and swallow me."
Experiences like these are why it's so important you let the government know how it can better support disabled people into work and stay in work.