Like the United States, the employment gap in the United Kingdom between people with disabilities and non-disabled people is large with little progress made to narrow the gap. Although the Equality Act of 2010 offers similar protections to the Americans with Disabilities Act, interested groups believe more should be done to address employment disparities. On the next episode of ADA Live! we will look at a new effort in the United Kingdom to improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities and end employment discrimination. The Disability Employment Charter, drawn up by charities, academics, and trade unions, lays out nine actionable steps the British government should take to address employment inequities experienced by people with disabilities. These steps are bold and ambitious.
Please join us as we welcome Lord Kevin Shinkwin, Member of the House of Lords of the United Kingdom, and Professor Kim Hoque, Professor of Human Resource Management and Director of the Industrial Relations Research Unit at the University of Warwick Business School. Our guests will discuss how the Disability Employment Charter came about, and the vision, mission, and impact for people with disabilities. Our host will be Dr. Peter Blanck, Chairman of the Burton Blatt Institute and University Professor at Syracuse University.
Audio: Soundcloud Episode 101: Disability Employment Policies in the United Kingdom
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The Disability Employment Charter
The Disability Employment Charter is a call for the government of the United Kingdom to act. It proposes a set of vital measures that, if implemented in a concerted manner, would substantially shift the dial on disability employment. By setting out clearly and simply the actions needed, it provides government with a road map for change as it develops the next phases of its National Disability Strategy. The Charter consists of nine areas of action. Each of the nine areas contain several specific tasks that we believe will help engender significant improvements to disabled people’s employment outcomes. To learn more about the Disability Employment Charter, please visit: www.disabilityemploymentcharter.org