Deadline Friday 18th December: Call for Evidence Regarding the Disability Employment Gap

The Work and Pensions Committee has launched an inquiry into what they call the ‘disability employment gap’. The Committee states that they want to hear from as many people as possible, especially disabled people.

They also state that they have produced the call for evidence in multiple formats: text, audio, British Sign Language and EasyRead. Unfortunately, their only ‘text’ version is just the description on their webpage, in an online survey format that has to be completed on the website.

They have not made the additional access consideration of including a text sheet that is downloadable in multiple formats, and therefore appropriate for screen-reader technology & for visually impaired persons who may prefer to resize/recalibrate their own documents.

SO, I have made four versions of the text call out which are available to download below. It’s not super clear, but I think they are asking for people to answer the questions listed and then email them to the email address at the bottom of the page.

Click the links below to download the Standard Print text call-out in your chosen format:

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Click the links below to download the Large Print text call-out in your chosen format:

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Their webpage states that you need to send your answers in via the survey method on the webpage, but they do provide a email address for support needs at the bottom of the call-out:

We want everyone’s voice to be heard in Parliament. Please contact us if for any reason you find it difficult to send us your evidence online. To discuss your needs, you can email us on workpencom@parliament.uk or call us on 020 7219 8976 (Text relay: 18001 0207 219 8976).

I recommend answering these questions however you see fit, and submitting them via email as part of your access requirement if the survey thingy looks too complex.

Please share and consider filling in – I know it is a mini essay but I really passionately feel there are so many failures in their current approach and their processes (not to mention their bloody inconsistent medical model) that this is a really good opportunity to SHOUT OUT and have our voices heard. Or read. Whatever. Let’s do it!

Deadline is Friday 18th December.

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