Recruitment for disabled workers is the theme of our latest podcast. Since many members of our community experience varying amounts of discrimination in their working lives this is a vital topic for us. One company that has been making an impact for the last decade is Evenbreak which is a job board specifically targeted at the disability market. All employee offers on this site are open to people who have a disability whether it is mobility or sensory. If you can do the job then you are applying on an even playing field and you have the reassurance that if an employer has paid to list the vacancy on a disability job board then they won’t be surprised if you turn up for your interview in a wheelchair. In many ways this is like using a disabled dating site in that members of the community have been clearly identified in advance so there are no false expectations.
Our guest is Jane Hatton who founded the Evenbreak site and she herself is disabled so understands at first hand many of the issues faced by disabled in the workplace. Jane is a wonderful advocate for the disabled community, realising that having a job is so much more than just having income. A job is about personal fulfilment and and respect, a point she is eager to put forward in our talk. I am always of the belief that when you have a place in the workforce it prepares the groundwork for everything else that matters – romance, family dreams about the future. I think it is heartening that so many large companies have partnered with Evenbreak and hopefully this initiative will filter through the community and ensure that our disabled community will find acceptance in sizes and types of company.