Having a disability and or chronic health is challenging, in fact it’s bloody difficult!

My brain hasn’t changed, it refuses to believe that my body is knackered and playing up, it regularly tries to convince me I am okay. I am bored, so damn bored because I can’t work, I miss the social interactions you get whilst at work and I miss having some pride in being able to provide for my family.

I always had jobs where I worked with my hands, aircraft airframe fitter, endoscope repair, fire fighter and a few more and I swore I would never work in an office, I couldn’t think of anything worse. Now I would happily go to work and sit behind a desk, I would go right now if I wasn’t in constant pain and suffering from fatigue, but I am and so I have to just lay here on the settee.

The government thinks that disabled people need a nudge to get back to work, dropping the money and making life difficult will send us all back into employment. What they fail to realise is that there are many people who can’t work no matter what you do to make life on welfare hard and unbearable.

Then there is this problem, More than half of disabled people have faced bullying or harassment at work, a poll has found. The Helensburgh Advertiser.

Disability charity Scope said 53% of disabled people have been bullied or harassed in the workplace because of their impairments.

Its poll of 500 disabled people from across the UK found that one in five (21%) try to hide their disability from their employers.

Thirteen per cent said they have been overlooked for a promotion and a quarter said their employer is not supportive of their disability.

Meanwhile, over half (58%) said they felt at risk of losing their job due to their disability.

Source: More than half of disabled have been bullied or harassed at work, says poll (From Helensburgh Advertiser)

So even if these people can manage to work they first have to battle employers who discriminate against people with disabilities and find a workplace that is accessible and with management that is willing to make reasonable adjustments to help someone with disabilities to be safe and able to work.

I still have hope that one day I will be able to work again, I would do anything that I was able to because nothing can be worse than being sat at home every single day. Of course I will have to first convince an employer to take me on, I haven’t worked for about nine years now and I would have to convince them that I would be reliable, after all if I do manage to get the pain down to a level where I can work, there is always the risk of a relapse and I would need them to make adjustments so I could work.

This article makes me feel very boxed in, I hope to work one day but it doesn’t look good. If I do manage it then I have this to contend with and so it’s a damned if you do and damned if you don’t situation.


By Zechariah Richardson

Over 50, disabled, husband, father and gramps who reviews products and writes blog posts about his life, beekeeping, gardening and whatever pops into his brain!

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