Unemployment among Australians who live with a disability is considerably higher than their non-disabled peers (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2020). For example, according to the Australian Network on Disability (2021), there are 2.1 million Australians of working age with a disability and of these, just under half were employed (47.8%), compared with 80.3% of people without disability. Other findings indicate that 38% of people with disability live on or near the poverty line, more than 2.75 times the rate of poverty experienced by the general population (ACOSS 2018).
Of the Australians with a disability in the workforce, 1 in 4 (23%) people aged 15 and over with disability experienced some form of discrimination (including disability discrimination), compared with 1 in 6 (17%) without disability (ABS 2015).
Even if you're not being discriminated against the stereotyping, isolation and undervaluing can be demoralising and exhausting. This week's fantastic Living Well item suggests some techniques to help you cope. More