CLOSING THE DISABILITY-EMPLOYMENT GAP

THE ISSUE

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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 

THE EVIDENCE BASE

This would enable

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

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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, such as those used in the biopsychosocial and social models:

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Medical

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Definition of disability

Impairment/

disease

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Assumptions about work

Individuals are unable to work

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Solutions

Medical treatment, rehabilitation

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Biopsychosocial

Impairment and psychosocial factors

Impairment and psychosocial factors

Modification of individual, healthcare, welfare and employer interactions

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Social

Societal failure

Individuals are excluded from work

Society has to remove barriers

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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

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