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Disability in the Workplace and Persistent Stigma

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Research suggests that the primary reason for underemployment is a persistent stigma of disability at a society-level, rather than any actual difficulties or restrictions to employing people with disabilities.

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Did you know that over two million people of working age in Australia are living with a disability? And yet, only 45% of employers in healthcare, social and education services sectors believe that their organisation is equipped to employ them.

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Nina Kraskov
09 Dec 2019
I really eye opening read about the language we use and how that can perpetuate stereotypes and exclusive cultures.
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Robyn Forrester
03 Jan 2020
Well researched and readable, this article and video clip raises awareness of an important issue in our workplaces and society in general.
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Abby Maynard
24 Feb 2020
This resource covered stigma around disability within the workforce. It made me aware of how people with disabilities can be disadvantaged not because of their disability but by others opinions on disability.
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Carolyn Howe
16 Mar 2020
Interesting statistics regarding employment for people with disabilities. Government policies are there to ensure workplaces give equal opportunities to all.
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Ana Oliveira
24 May 2022
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This resource gave me a good insight in relation to people living with stomas and their individual needs from an health point of view.
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Julie Gibson
04 Feb 2022
Has helped me alot to give care and support with working with disablities
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Patience Masawi
15 Oct 2020
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