Rethinking Employment for Disabled Young People

Living Life to the Fullest co-researcher Emma Vogelmann, an Employability Officer at the national charity Muscular Dystrophy UK, spent last weekend hosting its Employability Weekend. She explains below:

One of the best parts of my job as Employability Officer at Muscular Dystrophy UK is getting to work directly with young disabled people to help them get into work. This is exactly what I did on the Weekend of May 19 and 20 – while some people were watching the Royal Wedding I ran sessions with some really talented young disabled people to boost their skills and confidence. The Employability Weekend was a chance to give advice on everything from how to put together a CV to how to ace an interview. We had speakers from PUSH careers, Amnesty International and HSBC.

Young disabled people sat in circle

Image courtesy of Emma Vogelmann

All of those who attended really benefitted from the tailored advice they received. We wanted to put together a weekend that focused on employment barriers to disabled people. Other careers events will tell you how to write a good CV but they may not be able to advise of you should put your disability on it. This is what the Employability Project is about – helping address the specific issues of young disabled people and find solutions so talent does not go to waste.

Young disabled in mock interview

By Emma Vogelmann, Living Life to the Fullest

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