100 disabled people a day finding work following government’s #DisabilityConfident campaign

The government’s #DisabilityConfident campaign to help more disabled people into work has resulted in 100 disabled people every working day finding jobs, training or work placements.

#DisabilityConfident was launched in July 2013 by the Prime Minister, David Cameron who spoke of the importance of dispelling the myths about the complexities of employing disabled people.

The campaign has resulted in more than 78,000 people finding work since 2011 and is part of the government’s long-term economic plan to build on the increasing employment rate for disabled people.

Minister of State for Disabled People Mike Penning said: “This government is determined to boost the employment rate for disabled people.Our campaign is backed by the country’s biggest businesses and has started touring the country to show case the impressive talents of Britain’s 6.9 million disabled people.

“People with disabilities account for a fifth of the workforce and are tremendously valuable to the British economy – helping us compete in the global race.”

The Access to Work scheme, which provides financial support towards the extra costs faced by disabled people at work, supported 31,400 disabled people to keep or get employment last year and is soon to be extended to work experience placements.

Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, the founder of Easyjet, said, “Already over 100,000 disabled entrepreneurs employ an equivalent number of people in their business start-ups. This highlights the extraordinary strength of the entrepreneurial flair and talent amongst the disabled people of this country.”

Although employment rates are gradually increasing they are significantly lower than for non-disabled people.

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£30 million government fund for new SEN champions

The government has announced a new £30 million fund for more than 1,800 special educational needs (SEN) champions to support families through the new SEN process which comes into place in September 2014.

Changes to the support available for children with SEN will include replacing SEN statements and learning disability assessments with new birth-to-25 Education, Health and Care Plans – which will set out all the support that families will receive in one place.

The £30 million will be used to recruit and train a pool of ‘independent supporters’ drawn from independent voluntary,community and private organisations.

Edward Timpson, Minister for Children and Families, said, “I know from speaking to many parents how much they value any support in helping them access the services their children need. Independent supporters will be able to spend one-to-one time with families giving them the independent help and advice they need to progress through the new SEN process.”

The new system will provide greater integration of vital services and one system for children and young people with SEN from birth to 25. The independent supporters will also be able to intervene between the council and the families regarding any disagreements regarding the support needed.

The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) is responsible for ensuring that a range of organisations provide the independent help and the recruitment of around 12 independent supporters in each area.

Christine Lenehan, CDC Director, said, “Independent support will become a valuable resource to help and support parents of children with SEN and young people, parent partnership services and local authorities,as we all move towards implementing the reforms and local offer. We look forward to working with a wide range of private, voluntary a community sector partners as we develop proposals further.”

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