A well-received Demos discussion paper by Lord Shinkwin and George Relph (2019) highlights the ongoing relative disadvantage experienced by disabled people 25 years after the DDA, both in comparison to non-disabled people and to progress and policy in relation to other protected characteristics.
The paper makes the case for enabling talented, young, disabled graduates to realise their potential and, on merit, reach the top of their profession by addressing attitudinal and physical barriers outside the workplace. They see this as crucial to changing the dynamics of the disability debate in the medium term so that, as with women, BAME and LBGBT, disabled people are, on merit, in powerful and influential decision-making positions.
The authors met with disability@work to discuss strategies for organisational reporting, including the reporting of disability representation on boards. An increasing consensus around mandatory reporting on disability workforce composition (APPG 2016, EHRC 2018, Sayce 2018, Leonard Cheshire 2019) provides an opportunity for a common approach to government and business on what this reporting framework should look like. The advice and recommendations of disability@work in relation to measurement and reporting were especially valuable. A meeting of the APPG for Disability in January 2020 will further this discussion.
Shinkwin and Relph Report