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Beyond the workfare stateLabour markets, equalities and human rights$
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Mick Carpenter, Belinda Freda, and Stuart Speeden

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861348739

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861348739.001.0001

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“It’s about having a life, isn’t it?”: employability, discrimination and disabled people

“It’s about having a life, isn’t it?”: employability, discrimination and disabled people

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(p.27) Three “It’s about having a life, isn’t it?”: employability, discrimination and disabled people
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Beyond the workfare state
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Debby Watson

Val Williams

Claire Wickham

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861348739.003.0003

This chapter looks at ways of connecting the social model of disability to the various labour market issues, particularly the experiences of Deaf people. It looks at access to employment for those who are considered ‘disabled’, and examines unemployment and underemployment for disabled people. The reasons for the ‘employment paradox’ are considered, along with the insufficiency of recent policy and practice initiatives. The chapter also addresses the societal-level policies and practices that can be used to overcome structural barriers to the employment of Deaf and disabled people.

Keywords:   disability, labour market issues, access to employment, disabled people, Deaf people, employment paradox, societal level policies, structural barriers

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