Disabled people are twice as likely to fall out of work than able bodied people and 300,000 people with a long-term mental health condition stop working every year.
These are worrying statistics and have led to the Government publishing a consultation paper on a range of measures to reduce ill health-related job loss. It is seeking views on how employers can best support disabled people and people with long-term health conditions to stay, and thrive, in work. It sets out proposals to encourage all employers to take positive action to support employees who are managing health conditions in work and to manage sickness absence more effectively.
Perhaps employers are too quick to make assumptions about disabled people. It's easy to fall into the trap of focussing on what an employee can't do rather than on what they can. And those assumptions can often be wrong and can damage a person's career. I am fortunate to be able bodied but I've never run a marathon in my life. Chris Moon has lost an arm and a leg but he has no problem running marathons - in fact he is currently taking part in the Badwater run, a mere 135 miles from Death Valley to the peak on Mount Whitney. And he isn't an isolated case. I frequently read about disabled people achieving things I could only dream of doing.
So don't assume a blind person won't be able to work as a journalist or a double amputee can't be a PE teacher. With supportive employers they can do anything.
The right support from an employer or line manager is key to helping people with health conditions remain in work, or supporting people to return to work after a period of sickness absence.