This year’s International People With Disability Day theme is “Not all disabilities are visible” and will be focussing on spreading awareness and understanding of disabilities that are not immediately apparent, such as mental illness, sight or hearing impairments, diabetes, brain injuries, neurological disorders, learning differences and cognitive dysfunctions, and other long term health conditions.  

According to the WHO World Report on Disability, 15 per cent of the world’s population, or more than 1 billion people, are living with disability. Of this number, it’s estimated 450 million are living with a mental or neurological condition— and two-thirds of these people will not seek professional medical help, largely due to stigma, discrimination and neglect.

“In the UK, 1 in 3 disabled people feel there is still a lot of disability prejudice in Britain today, but only 1 in 5 non-disabled people agree. That is a big difference between the public’s perceptions of disability and disabled people’s experiences. (Scope) 

At Now Teach, we encourage all applicants to declare any disability or illness when applying to join the network. In our application form, we ask two questions 1: Whether you have a disability, 2: Whether you want to declare it to the team who handle your application. 

Lindsey Graver, Recruitment Lead, “By declaring your disability, condition or illness early we can make reasonable adjustments to our recruitment process to accommodate your needs. If you are successful in your application to the network, our Programme Managers can then work with you to provide support throughout your training. Your information is confidential and will not be shared with anyone without your expressed permission. 

Now Teach is a learning organisation. As more candidates declare a condition, it will result in Now Teach being able to be able to put in place better support mechanisms, which better help our Now Teachers – i.e. youWe are open ears and value honesty. We highly recommend disclosing information at each stage of the teacher training journey – but earlier is always better. We know you are the expert in your condition so any reasonable adjustments that need to be made are always available after an open and friendly conversation.

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