Breakthrough practices what it preaches. From our origins in 1997, led by disabled people, we continue today to provide evidence that removing disability-related barriers to the workplace, disabled people can enjoy a level playing field in employment opportunities. We remain at the forefront of the battle for disability rights.
Key Breakthrough projects working with individual disabled people include:
Many things have improved for disabled people in the last 20 years, even though there is still a way to go. For example, fewer disabled people live in institutional care and routes into work are open to all disabled people, regardless of having spent time in care settings.
Many employers have started to recognise that removing disability related barriers costs very little but brings a wealth of marketplace advantage in having a truly diverse workforce.
Disabled people are still unable to participate fully in many areas of society and we are working hard to address this. For example, there remains a 31% gap between the employment rates of disabled and non-disabled people. Successive governments have not been able to fully realise the potential for creating the right support for disabled people not in work. Significant inaccessible public transport infrastructures, educational and housing provisions remain slow to progress towards full inclusion – all limiting work choices for disabled people – and ultimately affecting the ability for employers and the economy to flourish.
There remains a significant risk with Brexit for employers and the economy if these issues are not resolved.
We use our invaluable lived experience to improve organisations, policy makers and individuals choices, towards creating a more equal society. Behind the scenes we regularly work with local, regional and national groups such as: