'See the person, not the disability'
In north and west Cumbria, the latest official labour market statistics show that in the year leading up to June 2016, the employment rate of disabled 16 to 64-year-olds was 50 per cent, compared to 85 per cent for non-disabled people of the same age.
The biggest difference in employment rates and economic inactivity between disabled and non-disabled people is in Penrith and the Border, perhaps because of its rural nature.
Ana Crome, who lives in Penrith, is one of those statistics. The 26-year-old suffers from arthrogryposis, a rare condition where, because her mum’s womb wasn’t big enough, her joints fixed together in whatever position they could.
“There are lots more examples.
An employer has to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to avoid you being put at a disadvantage compared to non-disabled people in the workplace. For example, adjusting your working hours or providing you with a special piece of equipment to help you do the job.