Disabled people's experiences in the work place environment in England

Newton, RA, Ormerod, M and Thomas, P 2007, 'Disabled people's experiences in the work place environment in England' , Equal Opportunities International Journal, 26 (6) , 610 -623.

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Purpose – The aim of this paper is to report on a study undertaken into disabled people's experience of the built environment when attempting to access and stay in employment. Design/methodology/approach – Narratives were collected using semi-structured interviews with 38 disabled people, all of whom had experience of paid and unpaid work. Findings – Analysis of the interview narratives shows that disabled people experience a range of barriers and enablers in the built environment both to gaining employment and to staying in employment, and an accessible environment contributes to a successful employment experience. Research limitations/implications – This is a small exploratory study of disabled people's experience of the workplace built environment. Future research could focus in more detail on whether specific design features reduce the requirement for reasonable adjustments. Practical implications – The implications are that disabled people are experiencing discrimination when working environments present barriers and reasonable adjustments, as required by the UK Disability Discrimination Act 1995, and 2005, are not made. Originality/value – This is exploratory research and provides an insight into the experience of disabled people of the physical workplace environment, presenting examples of good and poor practice.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments
Journal or Publication Title: Equal Opportunities International Journal
Publisher: Emerald
Refereed: Yes
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2007 12:45
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 22:01
URI: https://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/527

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