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Equal Opportunities International

ISSN: 0261-0159
Currently published as: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal

Online from: 1981

Subject Area: Human Resource Management

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Disabled people's experiences in the workplace environment in England


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Title:Disabled people's experiences in the workplace environment in England
Author(s):Rita Newton, (SURFACE Inclusive Design Research Centre, Research Institute for the Built and Human Environment, The University of Salford, Salford, UK), Marcus Ormerod, (SURFACE Inclusive Design Research Centre, Research Institute for the Built and Human Environment, The University of Salford, Salford, UK), Pam Thomas, (SURFACE Inclusive Design Research Centre, Research Institute for the Built and Human Environment, The University of Salford, Salford, UK)
Citation:Rita Newton, Marcus Ormerod, Pam Thomas, (2007) "Disabled people's experiences in the workplace environment in England", Equal Opportunities International, Vol. 26 Iss: 6, pp.610 - 623
Keywords:Disabled people, Disabled workers, Employment, England, Workplace
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/02610150710777079 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:

Purpose – The aim of this paper is to report on a study undertaken into disabled people's experience of the built environment when attempting to access and stay in employment.

Design/methodology/approach – Narratives were collected using semi-structured interviews with 38 disabled people, all of whom had experience of paid and unpaid work.

Findings – Analysis of the interview narratives shows that disabled people experience a range of barriers and enablers in the built environment both to gaining employment and to staying in employment, and an accessible environment contributes to a successful employment experience.

Research limitations/implications – This is a small exploratory study of disabled people's experience of the workplace built environment. Future research could focus in more detail on whether specific design features reduce the requirement for reasonable adjustments.

Practical implications – The implications are that disabled people are experiencing discrimination when working environments present barriers and reasonable adjustments, as required by the UK Disability Discrimination Act 1995, and 2005, are not made.

Originality/value – This is exploratory research and provides an insight into the experience of disabled people of the physical workplace environment, presenting examples of good and poor practice.



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