Some employers are not taking on disabled workers for fear of being
politically incorrect when addressing them and their
Concerns have been raised that although employers feel they should
hire more staff with disabilities, many see the 'language of
disability' is a major obstacle.
A particular worry for employers is the seemingly constant changes
which are made to the way people refer to disabilities - such as
blindness now being called "visual impairment".
Bosses are also said to be very concerned about not causing offence
but that the different references were leaving them struggling to
A survey by Remploy found that 75 per cent of employers think it is
important to hire disabled people, be they graduates or school-leavers, in order to create a
Beth Carruthers, Remploy's director of employment services, said:
"The survey shows very clearly that employers recognise the talents
and skills disabled people can bring to the workplace.
"The important thing is not the language used to describe
disability, but that disabled people receive the same respect and
opportunities as non-disabled people."
Figures from the Labour Force Survey 2005 show that the employment
rate for disabled graduates was 76 per cent, while more than 90 per
cent of non-disabled graduates found work.
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