Employment for Disabled People: Social obligation or individual responsibility?

P Thornton, N Lunt

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


Employment for Disabled People charts the shift from the principle of obligating employers to employ disabled people and examines the current alternative, individually-based measures against discrimination. It traces the emergence of 'persuasion policies' directed at changing employment practices and examines government measures to make disabled people more competitive. The authors draw on developments in Europe, North America and Australia to explore the potential of other policy options which have been less well considered in the UK.

The authors urge policy makers to consider the inadequacy of current measures aimed at changing employment practices. The report claims that an individual right to non-discrimination will not in itself lead to employers fulfilling their social obligation to make work and workplace accessible to all. Finally, they call for the role of work to be included in theories of the social construction of disability.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationUniversity of York, York
PublisherSocial Policy Research Unit, University of York
VolumeNo 2
ISBN (Print)1871713552
Publication statusPublished - 1995

Publication series

NameSocial Policy Reports


  • ill/disabled adults
  • employment/benefits

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