Thursday, April 7, 2016

Be Accessible bridging employment gap for students with disabilities - STUFF

by Tao Lin
Originally published: April 6, 2016

Finding employment for Waikato University graduate Michael Campbell has been more challenging than it would be for most.

Campbell was born with clubbed feet, a clubbed arm and back problems, meaning he can't do a lot of manual labour, heavy lifting or be on his feet for too long.

But through an employment programme with social change agency Be Accessible, Campbell has found employment in tough circumstances.

Statistics New Zealand's latest disability survey showed 24 per cent of New Zealanders identified as being disabled and of that number, 61 per cent aged between 15 and 64 were in paid jobs.