"The biggest barrier to employing
disabled people is the attitude of fellow workers"
The 1995 Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) is being strengthened
in 2004. It will affect UK companies of any size and in any industry
(armed forces are exempt). Companies will be
legally obliged to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate
both disabled employees and customers.
Many businesses may fear that implementing the DDA will place
a burden on them. In reality it can prove to be a lot more straightforward.
Camilla will work with both organisations and their employees
to find reasonable and practical adjustments to both services
and facilities for people with a range of impairments.
Research has shown that the biggest barrier to employing disabled
people is the attitude of fellow workers. Legally an organisation
can be held responsible for the actions of its employees if they
discriminate against a disabled worker, unless it can show it
has taken reasonable steps to combat discrimination. Setting up
a disability equality training programme for employees is seen as such
a step. Camilla will work with organisations to find the most
cost effective method
of setting up these programmes for their employees.
As a disabled woman, Camilla has the life experience to be able
to offer effective Careers Counselling and Life Coaching to disabled
clients. She believes that everyone is capable of achieving their
goals and living life to its full potential.