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Employable Me

An interesting new show aired on the beeb last night. Employable Me looks at the employment prospects for people with disabilities, following several as they struggle to find work. It is a problem I know quite a lot about: like most disabled people, I'd love to have a job, but my physical impairments make that virtually impossible. The same goes for Lyn. It isn't as though I'd be incapable of having one. After all, my first class degree and Master's demonstrate I can do anything I put my mind to. It's more a question of, what employer would ever hire me with all the specialist provision I need? Very similar problems were demonstrated by people on last night's program: the chap with severe Tourette's, for example, was obviously very capable at what he wanted to do, looking after animals, but his tics were so bad that most pet shop managers would have second thoughts about hiring him. At the same time, there's a lot of accusatory nonsense going around, particularly in the right-wing press, that we're all workshy slackers. This is a program I'll be watching quite keenly, then, making sure it portrays the issues at hand fairly, and hoping it shows the country just how severe the employment problems 'we' face are.


[Edited 28/11/2017 at 10:41:59 - minor correction]

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