CLOSING THE DISABILITY-EMPLOYMENT GAP

THE ISSUE

AVOIDABLE WORK DISABILITY

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The Equality Act 2010
protects against discrimination in the workplace and wider society
In line with current legislation, policy and guidance does not differentiate between disability that is avoidable by helping people with common health problems to remain in work 
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THE EVIDENCE BASE

The evidence suggests that policy and guidance is tailored to differentiate between populations in order to achieve the best outcome

This would enable

to work together to prevent or reduce the disabling impact of common health problems

This would also allow other definitions of disability to be incorporated, the disabling impact of such as those used in the biopsychosocial and social models:

Definition of disability

Medical

Impairment/disease

Assumptions about work

Individuals are unable to work

Solutions

Medical treatment, rehabilitation

Biopsychosocial

Impairment and psychosocial factors

Individuals are largely able to work if obstacles are removed

Modification of individual, healthcare, welfare and employer interactions

Social

Societal failure

Individuals are excluded from work

Society has to remove barriers

Individuals interacting with systems

Individuals are able to work with changes to relevant systems

Individuals are able to work with changes to relevant systems

Evidence-based recommendations

This approach would promote a culture of collective responsibility around work ability