Workplace Disability Discrimination could Decrease with input from Occupational Therapists
Occupational Therapists could play a key part in ensuring that disability discrimination in the workplace is decreased.
In Badenoch and Clark’s report, they found that ‘45 per cent of people with a physical disability and 65 per cent of those with a mental disability did not feel that their workplace offered an inclusive environment.’
Healthcare professionals can work with businesses to make their working environments more accessible as well as to encourage members of staff to be forward thinking with regards to disabilities, and identify the tasks that disabled members of the team can complete, rather than worrying and focusing on the tasks that they can’t complete.
Nicola Linkleter, president of professional staffing at Badenoch and Clark, commented: "We'd like to see more employers taking the initiative to remove barriers to disability in the workplace, developing attraction and retention strategies that capture an underrepresented talent pool and working with universities and recruitment consultancies to advise disabled students on how to interview confidently."