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Looking for Work With A Disability Comments for Online Article

Helen00Helen00 Member Posts: 2 Listener
edited November 2020 in News and opportunities
Hi all,

I'm doing an article for an online magazine, The Everyday, on looking for work with a disability.  I'm registered disabled with complex partial epilepsy.  It doesn't affect my life too much but I was unable to work in a full-time job before I was diagnosed so my CV doesn't flow as smoothly as some others. I have been in work for the last couple of years but I am now looking for a career-orientated role. 

I have a huge amount of skills but they don't translate as well on paper.  As I was not diagnosed for some years I was unable to do a specialised degree in my chosen field, marketing, after my undergrad and am not currently in a position (regardless of Covid) to move to another city.  As moving forward after I was diagnosed has been a slow and steady process I wasn't able to go down more traditional routes that employers usually expect.  This includes traditional internships and training programs as they are all geared for a maximum age of 25 (I am now 34).

I have a huge amount of skills and fantastic achievements but my experiences seem to have alienated me from traditional routes.  I am also going to mention the TV/film industry as it is incredibly alienating as almost every entry role (even in editing) re

I think that a lot of people misconstrue being disability friendly as solely amounting to having a wheelchair ramp and don't realise the complexity of things which can make a lot of people feel alienated from the job market. 

I'd love to hear of any similar experiences!  Has anyone else experienced that kind of alienation from career paths?  You can either reply here or email me at: [email protected].  I will obviously not disclose any personal details without explicit consent.

Kind regards,

Helen

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  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Posts: 5,017

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    edited November 2020
    Hi @Helen00! This is a really important topic, so thanks for thinking of us. I've moved your post into the events, research, and opportunities category as that is the only place where we allow this kind of opportunity to be posted. Would you be able to email us with a few more details about the project on [email protected]? I've temporarily removed your email address from your post, which can be added back in once we've checked a few things over.
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  • woodbinewoodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 4,457 Disability Gamechanger
    @Helen00 hi and how are you this cold evening? I also have epilepsy which started 23 years ago after my second stroke at the age of 38, my career ended there and then and due to the severity of my epilepsy it's never been even vaguely possible for me to work again, I a little puzzled as to how you are registered disabled as such registers were abandoned years ago?
    "Putting a child into care, isn't caring for a child" (T.Rhattigan)
  • Helen00Helen00 Member Posts: 2 Listener
    Hi woodbine,

    My mother worked as my appointee when I was claiming benefits, she's told me that I'm not officially 'registered' disabled but I was asked if I wanted to apply for a blue badge.  As my condition doesn't require mobility assistance I declined, although I did apply and receive a bus pass.  
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