Posted 18.08.2021

This was just one of the questions posed in the Equality Commission’s online discussion event on creating more and better jobs for disabled people, as part of Feile-an-phobail 2021. 

Disabled people have skills needed by our economy but often they face barriers to employment. Employment support services are available, like our Job Match and Workable NI services.

Dr Evelyn Collins, Chief Executive of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, said:

The employment rate for disabled people in Northern Ireland is 37.3%, the lowest of all the UK regions. Something radical needs to be done.

Watch the video and learn how our services and other services can be used by disabled people and employers to help them find and secure paid employment.

The discussion (pictured above) was hosted by Paul Clarke with contributions from Geraldine McGahey, Chief Commissioner of the Equality Commission, Edyth Dunlop, Regional Manager of NI Union of Supported Employment, Christine Sheridan, Head of HR at Belfast City Council, and Dermot Devlin, founder of My Way Access disability rights and disability blog.

Read more about Job Match - helping disabled people find paid work; helping employers to recruit disabled employees

Read more about Workable NI - providing support in work to employees and employers

Read a recent case which ECNI supported - Former B&M Worker Settles Disability Discrimination Case