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“It’s about having a life, isn’t it?”: employability, discrimination and disabled people

Debby Watson, Val Williams and Claire Wickham

in Beyond the workfare state

Published by Policy Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9781861348739
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301547 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861348739.003.0003
“It’s about having a life, isn’t it?”: employability, discrimination and disabled people

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This chapter looks at ways of connecting the social model of disability to the various labour market issues, particularly the experiences of Deaf people. It looks at access to employment for those who are considered ‘disabled’, and examines unemployment and underemployment for disabled people. The reasons for the ‘employment paradox’ are considered, along with the insufficiency of recent policy and practice initiatives. The chapter also addresses the societal-level policies and practices that can be used to overcome structural barriers to the employment of Deaf and disabled people.

Keywords: disability; labour market issues; access to employment; disabled people; Deaf people; employment paradox; societal level policies; structural barriers

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Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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