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Across the world up to 1.2 billion people live with some sort of disability, it is estimated. That’s equivalent to the population of China. In the UK, it is thought that some seven million people of working age have a disability, which all adds up to an awful lot of spending power. Latest figures from the UK’s Department of Work and Pensions estimate that this spending power, the so-called “purple pound”, is worth £249bn to the economy. So what should businesses be doing to try to get a share of this money? That’s what we’ll be asking during Disability Works week from the BBC’s business and economics unit. We’ll be looking at how businesses work with people with disabilities and how disabled people have made business work for them. Challenging stereotypes I gradually began to lose my eyesight when I was in my teens so I understand the difficulties for disabled people getting into work. I’ve been a producer in the BBC’s business and economics unit for nearly nine years. I’m keen to

Source: Disability Works: Breaking down barriers in business | DisabledGo News and Blog

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Philipa at Changepeople

Over four thousand people have seen and shared on Twitter the horrifically degrading and abusive photo of the support worker employed by Mencap talking on the phone while smoking a cigarette and standing by the Disabled Person they are supposed to be supporting who is covered in their shopping bags balanced humiliatingly across them and their wheelchair.

When we see practice like this or like we saw on the Panorama programme of Winterbourne View, we collectively feel appalled and ashamed of how society can and does treat people with learning disabilities. Speaking with people with learning disabilities employed at CHANGE hearing the story made them feel angry and demeaned. What is perhaps the hardest thing to bear is that we also know that this is not a one off ‘bad’support worker. This is not just something that happens to be caught (luckily) on camera one day in a service run…

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