I have a muscle-wasting condition called spinal muscular atrophy which means I use a wheelchair to get around.
As an experiment I sent out three job applications saying I was disabled. And three not mentioning my disability. All of the jobs wanted the same skills but the responses were very different.
The application forms I ticked saying that I had a disability I heard nothing from, and the applications I didn’t tick that I had a disability all offered me interviews.
I was half-expecting this response but it still disappointed me. I want prospective employers to see past my chair and look at what I’m capable of.
Fixers has been helping me get my message across. Just give us a chance. See the abilities that we have rather than the disability.
Richard Pitman, from Compass Disability Services, supported me with this Fix.
Me and my friends want young people to know that calories aren't the enemy!
Shak & Natasha