In 2021, we’re living in what feels like a dramatically different world to the one before March 2020. We’ve made huge adjustments to how we live, work, and communicate. These adjustments have affected everybody in one way or another, the world over.
However, what was found within the Attract and Recruit research was that in Scotland, disabled people are disproportionately affected with almost three quarters of employed disabled people reporting an impact on their employment. This was through loss of income, furlough, redundancy, reduced working hours, temporary unemployment or sickness.
Although there have been improvements in employer attitudes, education and intentions, many disabled people are still discriminated against due to mistaken perceptions of disabled people at work, specifically their performance and productivity. Unfortunately, as businesses recover from the shock of COVID-19, inclusion may be deprioritised and any advances that have been made could be rolled back.
The pandemic has both magnified existing inequalities and, in many cases, exacerbated them.