04: My disability, your perception
People with disabilities are more than twice as likely to be unemployed than non-disabled people.
In this episode of the Breaking Barriers podcast we get an insight into how an incorrect perception of someone with a disability can unfairly result in a huge barrier to employment.
Aisling Gill-Dougherty is a 23 year old Politics and International Relations student at the University of Reading. She also happens to have Cerebral Palsy. In this episode we listen in as Aisling meets Josh Krichefski, the Chief Executive of Media Com UK, part of one of the biggest advertising agencies in the world. Aisling is accompanied by Sarah Knott who is one of Aisling’s personal assistants.
The pair met at the Media Com offices in central London to discuss what it's like to achieve ambitions in the workplace without suitable role models; the practicalities of employing someone who requires a personal assistant to communicate effectively; and why employers attitudes towards disabilities need to change.
Throughout this series, presented by Yassmin Abdel-Magied, you’ll hear six inspiring, intimate and frank conversations between those who hold power in sought-after industries and the people struggling to find their way due to a variety of barriers that life throws up.