Of the millions of disabled people living in Britain today, only a very small percentage use wheelchairs, or assistance dogs, or are otherwise identified by visible evidence of impairment. But everywhere, from supermarket car parks to public transport to workplaces, people believe that “real” disability can be seen and that anyone who is not visibly impaired is not really disabled. Time and again the words “you don’t look disabled” are used to show disbelief – and at the same time, to challenge an individual’s right to “reasonable adjustment”, often associated with a view that the disabled person is wrongly gaining an unfair advantage. TUC
Disability and ‘hidden’ impairments in the workplace A toolkit for trade unionists Wales TUC Cymru
You Don’t Look Disabled Supporting Members with hidden impairments https://www.tuc.org.uk/sites/default/files/You%20don’t%20look%20disabled_0.pdf
Dyslexia in the Work place TUC 2005 https://www.tuc.org.uk/sites/default/files/Dyslexia_In_The_Workplace_2013_LR.pdf
Autism in the Workplace TUC 2014 https://www.tuc.org.uk/sites/default/files/Autism.pdf
Hundreds of thousands of people at work face ignorance, prejudice and stigma because of mental health problems. Even more – who are both able and willing to work – cannot get a job if they have or have had a mental health problem because of discrimination by employers. This goes on even though it is illegal under the Disability Discrimination Act.
This booklet has been published to help trade union reps and officials provide a good service to members with mental health problems. It aims to equip reps with the information they need to deal as well with mental health issues as they do with other issues that crop up on a daily basis.
Disability and Work TUC Guide: A trade union guide to the law and good practice 2011 https://www.tuc.org.uk/sites/default/files/disabilityandwork.pdf Guidance for unions on how to deal with discrimination against disabled workers losing their jobs through failure to count disability-related absence separately from sickness absence, with advice on negotiating a disability leave policy.