'I don't think employers see what a disabled person can do'By Niamh Duffy -
Sadly still in modern society some people jump straight to the conclusion that a disabled person is likely to be 'scrounging off the government' or they are 'paying for them' through taxes. When I read Neal Patel's story in The Guardian it really hit home how lucky I am to have landed on my feet (pardon the pun, landing on my feet would actually been landing flat on my bottom)
From the first conversation I had with Angus I knew that disability for him was never a hindrance and actually a benefit within my job. Limitless is different, and I don’t blame that solely on Angus' disability but also his mindset. 50% of employees are disabled, we know the difficulties that come that living with a disability. A few months ago Elouise wrote a blog post about 'being a minority in a minority' after us having a chat over lunch, talking about how working at Limitless gives her a glimpse into being a minority.
Getting a job for me was important, at the time I joined Limitless I had applied for countless jobs but telling a potential employer you are in a wheelchair seemed not to be the best first impression. On paper I may have been the perfect candidate but then suddenly a wall was built between me and a potential career as soon as I had to tick the disability box. A disabled person may not be able to do some things, for me walking isn't going to just happen but put me in front of a computer and tell me to write and I can carry on for hours.
So if you're an employer, see the person for who they are and their personal abilities. Nowadays there are so many adaptations available so don't just write someone off before giving them an opportunity. If you're a colleague, understand that sometimes it may take us longer or we may need a hand, but treat us equally. If you're disabled, without sounding cliché don’t give up... eventually something will come along that is perfect for you.
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