Disabled people are twice as likely to be unemployed than non-disabled people. The Scottish Government say that they want to close the disability employment gap – but will this be possible if disabled people do not feel comfortable identifying as disabled employees and asking for and getting the adjustment they need?

We want people to tell their story about being a disabled person at work, what helps them to be themselves and what gets in the way.

We want to prompt an online conversation about safe openness at work and what this means for employers and employees and what happens for disabled people when it is not possible.

#myworkstory marks International Day of Disabled People 2017 on 3rd December 2017, and will use the experiences shared to tell the Scottish Government what steps employers can take to make it easier for disabled people to be themselves at work and to ask for and get the adjustments they need to be as effective in their job as possible.

The evidence will also inform the Annual Disabled People’s Summit on 16 January 2018 in Edinburgh (add link to summit info here) on the subject of “Employer-ability” – the things employers can do to attract, retain and promote disabled people.

Why have this type of conversation?

The Scottish Government is committed to halving the disability employment gap. This is warmly welcomed but work to reduce the gap will have greater impact if we improve the experience of disabled people needing to discuss impairments and workplace adjustments with employers.

How can you take part?

You can take part by telling your own story in English or BSL on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook by using the hashtag #myworkstory and tagging Inclusion Scotland so we can repost on our accounts. BSL stories can be sent to info@inclusionscotland. We can add subtitles for stories told in BSL.

We don’t need specific details about workplaces or colleagues – we want to make sure people keep themselves safe.

If you want to share your story anonymously or are not on social media you can e-mail Rhona at info@inclusionscotland.org or phone 0131 281 0860

To find out more read our #myworkstory campaign briefing here

To see other people’s stories go to #myworkstory on instagram and twitter