Working for all?

Experiences of employment support amongst disabled people with high support needs

Working for all?

Experiences of employment support amongst disabled people with high support needs
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Our new research report Working for all? looks at the support options available to disabled people with high support needs to secure, retain and progress in employment.
 
The purpose of this research is to inform policymakers and employment advisors. This will ensure the priorities and expectations of disabled people with high support needs have been considered when designing and delivering employment support services.

We found out that:
  • While not everyone is in a position to work, 3 in 10 disabled people with high support needs who are not currently working would like to work. But support to find work isn’t fit for purpose and doesn’t reflect the diversity of skills, experience and expectations of our respondents.
  • Employed disabled people with high support needs are 3 times more likely to stop working compared to non-disabled people. Support while in work can help remove barriers to doing a job, but support options do not always adequately reflect the flexible working patterns of our respondents, particularly those who are self-employed or freelance.
  • Negative attitudes to making adjustments in the workplace among employers and colleagues can result in disabled people missing out on the support they need to stay in work.
  • Employment support is typically focused on the short term goal of getting disabled people with high support needs into work. Participants reported they are better supported to stay in work when their support measures are continuously readjusted to meet their changing working patterns.
If you would like a copy of the report in an accessible format please contact the Research team at research@scope.org.uk or on 0207 7616 7245.