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Employment for a powered wheelchair user

coletcolet Member Posts: 68 Courageous
edited January 28 in Employment and careers
The last 3 years I have been applying for jobs and I get interviews but then they see my wheelchair and I don’t get the job.

I really want to work 

this is how much I want a job: last June I started a YouTube channel called Wheelchair Fun https://instabio.cc/Wheelchairfun 

i just want to educate people about disabilities especially powered wheelchair users and Cerebral Palsy .

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  • lisathomas50lisathomas50 Member Posts: 3,133 Pioneering
    @colet hi and welcome to the community  scope have a very good job support  and they can help you to match a job to your ability   I am on the job support a no I find it very good 

    I am not sure how to put the link on but if you scroll down to the bottom  of the page i think you can find it there 

    Other people will also comment 
  • janer1967janer1967 Community champion Posts: 7,450 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome 

    The job centre have disability work coaches who may be able to help and as suggested the scope work programme 

    What sort of work are you wanting to do and do you have any work experience 
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 0 Listener
    colet said:
    The last 3 years I have been applying for jobs and I get interviews but then they see my wheelchair and I don’t get the job.

    I really want to work 

    this is how much I want a job: last June I started a YouTube channel called Wheelchair Fun https://instabio.cc/Wheelchairfun 

    i just want to educate people about disabilities especially powered wheelchair users and Cerebral Palsy .
    If they are turning you down directly because of disability, you could sue them for discrimination under the 2010 Equality Act.

    Do you have a Lawyer?

  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Community Team Posts: 3,271 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @colet! I hope you're well. Your YouTube channel looks fantastic :) It's really great that you're so committed to raising awareness. 

    As Lisa mentioned, Scope have a couple of employment services. Have you ever heard of our Support to Work service? I'd definitely recommend that you look into it to find out if you're eligible. 

    I'd also be interested to know what kind of work you're interested in, so please do let us know. 
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  • coletcolet Member Posts: 68 Courageous
    Hi @colet! I hope you're well. Your YouTube channel looks fantastic :) It's really great that you're so committed to raising awareness. 

    As Lisa mentioned, Scope have a couple of employment services. Have you ever heard of our Support to Work service? I'd definitely recommend that you look into it to find out if you're eligible. 

    I'd also be interested to know what kind of work you're interested in, so please do let us know. 
    I am interested in in administration but it is hard because I have got a D grade in England and everyone wants a C grade or above 
  • lisathomas50lisathomas50 Member Posts: 3,133 Pioneering
    @colet on the scope job support thst I am on they do short courses with you  and they help you find the job you want to do 

    Thry may be able to help you find what your looking for I find it very helpful I am changing jobs from what I used to do I what to do moderating and helping people with disabiltys or similar jobs 😊 

    Hope you find what your looking for 
  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Community Team Posts: 3,271 Disability Gamechanger
    Have you considered retaking your English GCSE @colet? That could help to open some more doors up for you,. 
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  • lisathomas50lisathomas50 Member Posts: 3,133 Pioneering
    @Tori_Scope I am doing a short English course with scope job support would thst be any help 
  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Community Team Posts: 3,271 Disability Gamechanger
    I'm sure that could be something colet could explore if they were to sign up to one of Scope's employment services @lisathomas50. I'm glad that you're able to access that, it sounds great! Local colleges and the like will often offer these types of courses too, so there's hopefully a suitable option out there for a lot of people. 
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  • SheffieldBloke1976SheffieldBloke1976 Member - under moderation Posts: 96 Courageous
    I'm sure that could be something colet could explore if they were to sign up to one of Scope's employment services @lisathomas50. I'm glad that you're able to access that, it sounds great! Local colleges and the like will often offer these types of courses too, so there's hopefully a suitable option out there for a lot of people. 
    With respect Tori, if the OP is over 25, then I would advise against going to local College, and would advise doing a course online.

    I applied last year to go to Hillsborough College to resit GCSE Maths, and they said there was no funding for a disabled guy my age and it was a full cost course, can't remember exactly how much but it wasn't cheap.





  • Cher_ScopeCher_Scope Community Team Posts: 2,795 Disability Gamechanger
    Good luck @colet with your job search and I'm going to check out your Youtube account when I next have a break :)  

    Re-sitting GCSE's can be expensive unfortunately, but try not to let it deter you.  If you speak to your local college's Disability Service they will be able to inform you of any entitlement based on your individual circumstances, while this Funding for disabled students webpage lists funding streams you could apply to too.  Online learning is increasingly popular, and if you need any help sourcing a reputable education provider please let us know.  All the best with your career goals! You can do it  :)
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  • coletcolet Member Posts: 68 Courageous
    I tried 5 times to get my C gade
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