by Ashley Howard
Originally published: July 6, 2017
Looking for a job in the first place can be a daunting task for someone with a disability but sadly discrimination doesn't always stop once they secure employment. From underestimating someone's ability, to leaving disabled people out of decisions and conversations that concern them, companies and bosses can make a big difference to how smoothly things go.
These are some of the things I've experienced in the working world:
Finding a job is tough
It is often very difficult to find and secure a job when you have a physical disability. The vast majority of retail jobs require someone able to do heavy lifting and/or spend large amounts of time on their feet. Online applications may reject you at the first stage if you are not capable of this. This means that the first obstacle is often even finding a position that could accommodate your needs. Disabled people are twice as likely to be unemployed as able-bodied people.