County council encouraging Hertfordshire businesses to improve their workforce by employing people with disabilities

Published: 01 Dec 2017


The United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) is celebrated annually on 3 December around the world with the aim of promoting empowerment and helping to create real opportunities for people with disabilities.

People living with disabilities worldwide can face many barriers to their daily lives, from reduced employment opportunities, difficulties in accessing public and private transport, having specialist communication needs and much more; disabled people can often still face inequality. Many of these issues can result in disabled people having reduced social inclusion in many key aspects of life and even political participation.

This year Hertfordshire County Council wants to encourage businesses in the county to think about employing more people with disabilities and also making their services more accessible and inclusive to all.

We have recently developed a co-produced toolkit to help small to medium sized businesses to better understand the benefits of employing people with disabilities. The toolkit aims to tackle some common misconceptions, highlight the support available to business including grants and provide practical information, help and support. You can download the toolkit from our website; https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/media-library/documents/adult-social-services/co-production-board/employer-toolkit-inclusive-herts.pdf

Colette Wyatt-Lowe, Executive member for Adult Care and Health said;

“We are committed to helping improve the lives of people with disabilities and long term health conditions in Hertfordshire.”

“We want to do what we can to make sure as many people as possible can have a meaningful life in their own community, with access to a range of opportunities, including those relating to employment, leisure and social activities. All residents should feel happy and valued; this is key to developing more inclusive communities.”

Hertfordshire County Council are registered as a Disability Confident employer and we work in partnership with a number of organisations, including through our Pathways to Employment Board, to encourage organisations to employ people with disabilities. Through our Work Solutions team, we work intensively with employers to help people with disabilities and mental health conditions to gain and sustain employment. We are working especially hard to broaden opportunities for young disabled people aged 18-24, building confidence through volunteering, work experience and employment.

We have also worked with Disabled Go to produce accessibility guides to a range of venues across the county; and with Hertfordshire Constabulary to launch a ‘Keep Safe’ scheme for people with learning disabilities.

If you would like to find out more about the support available to businesses, or if you are already a Disability Confident employer or employing people with disabilities and would like to work with us to promote better social inclusion please email us at coproduction@hertfordshire.gov.uk

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