Workplace Report December 2015

Equality news

Invisible impairments

Most disabled people do not have visible signs of impairment, such as the use of a mobility aid. And if a person’s impairment is not visibly obvious, their right to reasonable adjustments to aid their access to work may not be as readily recognised. In some cases, a person’s impairment may even be treated with disbelief by colleagues and managers.

The TUC guide, You don’t look disabled, provides information on the role that unions can play, including in supporting members with invisible impairments. It helps educate other workers away from the misleading stereotypes too often found in the popular press so that the widespread demonisation of disabled people is more effectively challenged.