Employers urged to think differently about disability 

A new campaign has launched to help employers in Scotland recognise the benefits of employing staff with disabilities. Picture of a group of people at work

With only around 40 per cent of disabled people aged 16-64 in employment compared to around 80 per cent of non-disabled people, the campaign aims to increase job opportunities for disabled people by raising awareness of the untapped talent that exists in Scotland.

As well as gaining access to a wider pool of talent and skills, employers can benefit from financial incentives and schemes such as Access to Work which supports businesses with any extra costs incurred as a result of employing a person with a disability.

The campaign forms part of a range of measures being undertaken by the Scottish Government to help reduce the disability employment gap, including the recently launched Work Able Scotland programme which will help 4,800 people with health conditions and disabilities into work.

For further support and advice on employing people with disabilities visit www.employabilityinscotland.com. 

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