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Not every disability is visible

n the UK alone, 1 in 5 people has a disability, with 80% of those having an invisible disability[i]. These could include autism spectrum disorder, depression, diabetes, and learning and thinking differences such as ADHD and dyslexia[ii].  Understanding that employees could be disabled with an invisible disability and taking steps to make the workplace more inclusive is essential for developing a diverse and inclusive workforce. A recent report from Bupa is drawing attention to this issue after finding that two in five (43%) employees with a less visible disability haven’t disclosed it to their employer.

Contributor: Adrian Lewis, Director - Activ People HR | Published: 15 February 2023

Government’s new employee disability service “short-sighted”

In response to the government’s 2019 consultation, ‘Health is everyone’s business’, in which employers asked for joined-up advice on supporting health in the workplace, the government has launched a test version of its Support with Employee Health and Disability Service and is inviting feedback until 30 December 2022.

Contributor: Katharine Moxham, spokesperson, GRiD | Published: 15 December 2022

Employees avoid telling employers about less visible disabilities

Nearly a quarter of those with invisible or less visible disabilities haven’t told their employer about their condition due to worries that they wouldn’t be believed, while one in five expressed concerns that their disability might impact their career opportunities.

Contributor: Rachel Murray, Head of Employee Health and Wellbeing at Bupa Global & UK | Published: 9 December 2022

Businesses urged to remove disability employment barriers

To encourage businesses to improve and diversify their hiring practices, PageGroup has brought together key charities, social enterprises and changemakers in this space to launch a set of free resources designed to foster accessibility in recruitment across all industries, specifically for people with visual impairments, learning disabilities, and the neurodiverse.

Contributor: Steve Ingham, CEO - PageGroup | Published: 19 July 2022