During Texthelp’s Festival of Inclusive Education, I spoke about my journey as an educator. I started my teaching career as a secondary school ICT teacher. After a few years in mainstream education, I took the opportunity to become head of a STEM faculty at a residential SEBD school.
It was in this role that my passion for assistive technology was born.
Earlier this year, we reported on the UK government’s goal to see one million more people with disabilities in work was reached. According to Government reports, over one million more people with disabilities are in employment, compared to five years ago. A great achievement.
However, in contrast, new figures also show that there are more than 20,000 people with disabilities waiting for support through the disability employment programme. An alarming jump from just under 5,000 a year earlier.
Last month, further stats have emerged. Analysis by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) found that the pay gap for people with disabilities currently stands at £2.05 an hour – or £3,731 per year for someone working a 35-hour week.
This pay gap – which has increased from 16.5% last year – means that people with disabilities effectively work for free for the last 54 days of the year. The research also shows that the disability pay gap persists for workers throughout their careers too.
So, is the disability employment gap widening? And what can we as organizations do to address it?
Our friends at Monster have been transforming the recruiting industry for 25 years. They aim to make every workplace happier and more productive by transforming the way employers and candidates find the right fit.
We recently interviewed their CHRO, Claire Barnes, to explore what part diversity and inclusion plays in their recruitment processes. Below, discover strategies that are helping them along the way.
Ingeus offer services to improve opportunities and help create strong societies in which people have the independence, knowledge, and know-how to thrive. In 2021, they provided employability, wellbeing and youth services to over 98,000 people with a disability, illness or health condition. And helped more than 30,000 unemployed people back into work.
Alongside the services they provide, D&I (diversity and inclusion) is a key priority within their own organization. We recently interviewed their Head of Talent Acquisition, Emily Garvie, to discover what role D&I plays in recruitment. Below, Emily shares how and why it’s embedded in everything they do.
The game timer has hit zero on our back-to-school conference UDL TOUCHDOWN: Making a play for all learners.
It was a day of amazing speakers, incredible dialogue, and useful Universal Design for Learning (UDL) tips. If you were able to join us, we hope your playbook is full!
These three conference takeaways filled us with inspiration. Maybe they’ll do the same for you, wherever you are on your UDL journey.