Disability Rights UK would like to hear from members of the public who are planning to return to work following a serious illness. We have been asked to find participants for an online media project which will follow a group of individuals as they aim to make the return to either their previous roles or new careers. We are recruiting for a partner initiative that is hoping to chart the progress and challenges that people experience when trying to get back to work and also offer some insight to the financial implications and resources that could be available.
Fear in the workplace: One in two afraid to admit disability
One in FIVE workers with a disability thinks they are discriminated against and left without support in their jobs.
And one in two people would not feel comfortable disclosing a disability when applying for a new post.
Three-quarters of those questioned in the Purple Workforce survey gave their reason for being reluctant to reveal details of a disability as a fear of discrimination rather than embarrassment.
Research by employment law experts Leigh Day also revealed that fewer than half had asked for adjustments to accommodate their disability as they did not want to draw attention to themselves.
Of those who did make a request, almost one-third said that they received no or little help as a result.
Emma Satyamurti, employment and discrimination law expert at Leigh Day, said "The findings of this report ultimately suggest that there is still significant discrimination in the workplace. We will be holding a roundtable discussion in the spring to bring key individuals in the field of employment and disability together, to start to form a plan of action in time for a new Government."