A new survey published by Back Up shows that a third of people affected by spinal cord injury receive no help to get into employment and 44% are not encouraged to consider work as an option while they are in hospital.
An estimated 40,000 people in the UK are paralysed as a result of a spinal cord injury. With the right support and encouragement there is no reason why a healthy person with paralysis cannot work but research indicates that as little as 17% of people are in employment.
Back Up's survey shows that, overwhelmingly, the barriers to working perceived by people with spinal cord injury concern employer attitudes and support services:
- 41% want to see improved attitudes of employers to disabled people
- 39% say that personalised support would help them back to work
- 38% want to see more opportunities for flexible working
- 31% would like more accessible transport and workplaces
- 12% of people wanted advice on setting up their own business
The survey also shows that 82% of people who were not currently working did not feel confident about getting a job.
"After a serious spinal cord injury, people want to work, earn and contribute. yet the barriers they face are immense. If people with spinal cord injuries don't get the support they need, as soon as possible, it can shatter their confidence and prevent them from ever fulfilling their potential in the workplace," Louise Wright, Back Up CEO, said.
"Back Up is calling for a greater focus on employment for the 1,000 people who are paralysed each year," Wright added.
Since 2007. Back Up has provided residential 'Back Up to Work
' course which offer support, information and guidance to help people with spinal cord injury to get back work. 72% of previous participants are in employment, education or volunteering.
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