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Myths Surrounding Disability

We shall now explore some common myths and misconceptions surrounding the subject of disability.

Employing a person with a disability is complicated and expensive

In actual fact employing someone with a disability need not be expensive or complicated. You may be able to gain support from Access to Work funding supplied by the government.

There is no set amount for an Access to Work grant. How much you get depends on your circumstances.

You can use Access to Work grants to provide some of the following:

  • disability awareness training for your colleagues
  • a communicator at a job interview
  • special equipment

Remember that it makes sense for your business to be confident about the issue of disability. Find out more about the Disability Confident Campaign here

Children should not ask about disability if they see someone with a disability

Children are naturally curious and want to learn about new things. We live in a very diverse society with lots of different cultures, beliefs and abilities. Most people with a disability will not mind answering the questions raised by a child and it will enhance the level of understanding the child has.

People with a disability need constant help and support

Individuals with a disability are able to drive, live independently, work, run businesses and live a normal life like everyone else. If a person with a disability requires support they will often ask if necessary.

It is estimated that the United Kingdom has in excess of 100,000 entrepreneurs with a disability currently working in the economy.

People with a disability do not have any qualifications

Many people with a disability hold formal qualifications such as A-Levels or degree level qualifications.

Professor Stephen Hawking has a first class honors degree in Natural Sciences.

Journalist Gary O’Donoghue has a degree in Philosophy and Modern Languages. Gary is a regular face on the BBC News and has been a successful journalist for over 20 years.