Expectations and realisations: the employment story of a young man with cerebral palsy

Critten, Val (2016). Expectations and realisations: the employment story of a young man with cerebral palsy. Disability and Society, 31(4) pp. 573–576.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2016.1180872

Abstract

Britain has laws and a range of policies which promote the employment of disabled people. The lack of progress to get disabled people into paid work has resulted in huge dissatisfaction for some. Evidence of disability and employment problems is often expressed as hard data, but what of the personal experiences of trying to find employment? This article is based on interviews with ‘Nick’, a young man with cerebral palsy who wanted to recount his preparation for work, including work experience, through school, the Connexions service and the local Employment Office. He explained how he felt his voluntary work and work experiences were not fully planned and ultimately unsatisfactory. Nick found paid employment, but soon discovered that there were too many problems for him to continue. He reflected on his experiences, including his own initial confidence, his despair at the ending of his paid employment and the realities of what employment means for him.

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