“If people could understand how much it can destroy your life in terms of your confidence and your ability to feel that you’re actually a valuable functioning human being” – research participant.
Chwarae Teg has published research into the experiences of disabled women in work and within the Welsh economy.
The report reveals the extent of discrimination that still exists towards disabled people, in terms of accessing employment, and treatment and support within work.
Nearly half of disabled women surveyed (47%) said that job applications and interview processes are inaccessible. However, there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution to make recruitment more accessible and inclusive for all candidates.
“Even when you go for a job interview and you say you’re in a wheelchair, and [they say] ‘yes, we’re accessible’. You can get in the door, but then you’re given like a table that you can’t get up to” – research participant
Assumptions about the ability and needs of disabled people can be damaging and unhelpful. Flexibility, openness and understanding are essential for disabled women to progress in work. The most positive experiences of work raised in the research were those with suitable adjustments, good communication with managers, and employers who are open and willing to adapt to the needs of disabled employees. This cannot be achieved without listening to the voices and experiences of disabled women.
The report collected the experiences of disabled women and men in work, and found clear areas of divergence and difference between women and men.
For example, slightly fewer disabled men than women had faced prejudice or inappropriate attitudes from their employer and/or colleagues on their impairment or health condition (42% compared to 58%).