In Australia around 20% of the population have a disability which is about 4.5 million Australians. This is based on the National Inquiry into Unemployment and Disability. The same inquiry found that most disabilities are related to physical conditions (around 84%), 11% have mental or behavioural disorders and 5% are living with intellectual and development disorders.
Typically those with disabilities find it harder to obtain and maintain employment. Historically unemployment rates are much higher with the disabled. In addition to this they on average receive a much lower wage than those without disabilities.
It’s not just the work that’s the issue, the discrimination of the disabled goes much further, the social stigmas associated with disabilities affects them at an emotional level and can cause them to become more reclusive. It’s vitally important that we create an environment where everyone can feel like they are living as an equal, not being discriminated at work or in society.