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    Some companies go out of their way to change roles to accommodate people with disabilities. Of course no company is able to discriminate against people and get away with it but they does not make they make things easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andypandy View Post
    I've applied for over 980 jobs in four years I've had four replies all negative, then I had a job offer and was turned down by Tesco because you had to be able to do the same as the non disabled.
    My point exactly ..... so where does the one year rule of ESA leave us....

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    Well it obviously leaves you claiming JSA, what happens if your getting DLA.

    But I do know and I know this because I've been to the meeting where this is discussed both labour and the Tories believes that 1.25 million people are not that seriously disabled. They are disabled but it's like you have broken toe nail or a bunion, and your making it up.

    It's sad but thats what they think

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    I won't be able to claim job seekers either as there is NO WAY I could work 40 hours a week...and isn't job seekers time limited too....?? I must confess I am very confused by job seekers as the only time I ever claimed it was for 2 weeks in the mid 1970s when I was between jobs
    It was called the dole back then and I was a lot younger than I am today. xx

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    Sadly to many severely disabled people have been getting benefits for so long when they were actually able to work, "no do not shout at me, that's Blair and Brown".

    Is JSA time limited no not yet it may well become so, but heck thats OK we will all see each other on the street corner I can play a guitar so we will sing and beg at the same time.

    I think like always once these new medicals settle down the appeals at this time are still working so I think most of us will be safe.

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    If I came and sung with you Treborc we would get loads of money ....they would pay to get rid of me ....lol xx

    On a more serious note ... does that mean that if you get time limited ESA after one year they will switch you to job seekers allowance you by some miracle get job...even if with the illness's you have no one will give you a job and I would be incapable of holding a job down....or working full time...Maybe I have got this all wrong... job seekers would be better than nothing at all...

    PS I have just read somewhere that ESA contributory at one year is 6months longer that contributory JSA if that is the case you can see why people who paid NI stamps are a bit miffed to say the least....( I mean something a lot stronger really)
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    In the Public Sector - if a disabled person makes an application for a job and meets the minimum specification then that person will be guaranteed an interview.

    If at interview stage the disabled person qualifies and is capable of doing the job but so is an able bodied person then they can positively discriminate in favour of the disabled person.

    The only trouble now is that the Public Sector is shedding jobs not recruiting - there's a job freeze on for everything short of specialist jobs that can't be filled internally.

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    Well OK two people go for a job the disabled person is better qualified to do the job but the employer has stairs and no lift, I'll tell you whom will get the job.

    We are mainly talking here about people who have qualifications suitable to work, are we saying that disabled people with qualification are cheats.

    So far I've written through the Job Center 980 job applications, the job center said look this is getting out of hand, lets do a trial, the next letters you write do not say a world about disability, just send your CV.

    I sent off 30 job applications and had 26 replies all saying I would be given an interview, once we stated i was disabled 26 applications were with drawn. Think that says a lot about employers willing to take on people with less qualification before those with a disability.

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    Quote Originally Posted by treborc View Post
    Well OK two people go for a job the disabled person is better qualified to do the job but the employer has stairs and no lift, I'll tell you whom will get the job.

    We are mainly talking here about people who have qualifications suitable to work, are we saying that disabled people with qualification are cheats.

    So far I've written through the Job Center 980 job applications, the job center said look this is getting out of hand, lets do a trial, the next letters you write do not say a world about disability, just send your CV.

    I sent off 30 job applications and had 26 replies all saying I would be given an interview, once we stated i was disabled 26 applications were with drawn. Think that says a lot about employers willing to take on people with less qualification before those with a disability.
    I suppose it all depends on what you can do There's a woman with down syndrome who helps out at my local Tesco cafe. She's able bodied but has learning difficulties. But once she was told to do she quite happily went about her duties and is a valuable, reliable staff member.

    I mean there's no point in me applying for heavy physical work so I knew the only type of jobs suitable for me would be with light duties.

    I've made the error in the past of applying for the ideal job for me but it was based in two converted terrace houses. I would have been expected to use the stairs several times a day. So despite being right for the job I knew the access was going to be a health and safety issue.

    In the end I found that the best plan was to apply for jobs in large organisations that were based in modern accessible buildings.

    If I sent an application out to an organisation I'd do some research about it first by getting a copy of the annual report. Besides sending a CV in I'd always send in an additional letter outlining the benefits of employing me. I would also tell them that I was disabled but put a positive spin on it. I would get an interview but the job was always offered to the best candidate.

    Once I even came joint first then they look at the number of points you scored - I lost out by 10 points. Applying for jobs, going for interviews and failing to get the job can be demoralising.

    For younger disabled people I'd say try to get as good a qualifications as possible - it's a tough old world out there.
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    Yes but look my wife was born with Spina Bifida, yet worked her whole life as a butcher, she also worked in silver service, but how many café's or shops are going to be willing to do this on large scale. Because forget the little shop that will take on a disabled person we are talking about finding work for eight million disabled people.

    I'm disabled and would love to work, I'm a trained electrician who was working in electronic before my accident wiring up Robotic arms, and robotic systems.

    Now I get window cleanings, picking up litter, wiping the backside of an elderly lady, care assistant.

    The fact is the government expects the disabled to take anything they also expect the employer to have a conscious, because I can tell you now whom ever takes me on god help them. When I cannot get my hands to do what I want, things normally fly out the window including computers. I hate being disabled.

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