The global disability agenda is ‘on the cusp of huge change’, according to industry leaders and campaigners speaking at the Business Disability Forum’s identity conference.
Dr Caroline Casey, campaigner for equality, described how the agenda has arrived at a global ‘turning point’ at the conference in Edinburgh
Speaking alongside Business Disability Forum Chief Executive Diane Lightfoot, Casey commended public commitments by influential CEOs such as Paul Polman of Unilever, as part of the positives pushing the industry.
This came as Jamie Hepburn MSP and minister for business, fair work and skills for the Scottish Government, used the event to announce and launch a new strategy to halve the disability employment gap in Scotland over the next 20 years.
He said: “Everybody who can and wants to work should have the chance to find rewarding jobs. Unfortunately, far too many disabled people are currently denied this opportunity. I am determined that we do everything in our power to address inequality in the workforce and ensure disabled people are supported to have fair and sustainable working lives.
He continued: “The action plan is a significant step forward in making this happen and helping achieve our aim of at least halving the disability employment gap.”
The event, titled ‘Exploring Identity’, forms part of Business Disability Forum’s wider Identity campaign which seeks to encourage more people to speak out on how disability affects them to help change public perceptions.