Why has the Rising Economic Tide Failed to Float the Disability Employment Boat? A Call to Action: Business, Community, Government and People Power

By David Edwards, Ruth Rentschler, Yuka Fujimoto and Huong Le.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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It is well established that people with disabilities are under-represented in the workforce. Disability labour market scholars agree that there is a significant gap between labour market participation of people with disabilities and people without disabilities, with on-going labour market disadvantage widely reported. All indicate that notwithstanding the recent economic growth of Western economies, the employment rate for people with disabilities has not improved. This paper draws on the findings of three recent research projects on disability employment in Australia and on data from contemporary literature on workplace discrimination and proposes that a combination of more robust social inclusion policies and legislation, revitalised supported employment models, intensive social marketing, and radical disability advocacy is required.

Keywords: Disability, Employment, Social Policy, Social Marketing, Activism

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp.117-128. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 619.094KB).

Dr. David Edwards

Senior Research Fellow, Employment and Social Exclusion Research Group, School of Psychology, Deakin University, Belfast, Victoria, Australia

Dr. Edwards is Senior Research Fellow in the Employment and Social Exclusion (EASE) Research Group, School of Psychology, Deakin University, Australia. EASE research focuses on socially and economically disadvantaged groups including: people with disability; people with mental illness; older workers and people with a criminal justice history. Dr. Edwards has a specific interest in psychiatric disability and employment and education. He is committed to research and teaching about the impact of social exclusion on the wellbeing of individuals and society.

Prof. Ruth Rentschler

Professor in Arts and Entertainment Management and Executive Director of the Centre for Leisure Management Research, School of Management and Marketing, Deakin University, Belfast, Victoria, Australia

Professor Rentschler is a widely published arts management academic with a keen interest in diversity. Ruth’s current research interests include the indigenous arts market, arts governance and social inclusion.

Dr. Yuka Fujimoto

Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management, School of Management and Marketing, Deakin University, Belfast, Victoria, Australia

Dr. Fujimoto researches and teaches in the field of diversity oriented human resource management and organisational social inclusion processes.

Dr. Huong Le

Research Fellow, Centre for Leisure Management Research, School of Management and Marketing, Deakin University, Belfast, Victoria, Australia

Dr. Le is an active researcher in the field of arts and culture management. Her current research interests are: cross-cultural research and comparative studies in arts management and multiculturalism in the arts.

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