A campaign to help people with disabilities get into the workplace has been launched by the UK government.
It includes a plan to offer disabled young people new internships and training to help them find jobs.
Ministers want firms to change their recruitment policies after government research showed employers’ attitudes were a barrier to disabled people.
Ministers say national attitudes are changing after the success of last summer’s Paralympic Games in London.
An advertising campaign for the initiative was unveiled in London on Thursday at a disability employment conference.
The campaign will ask employers to recognise the talents that disabled people have to offer, and “challenge some of the preconceptions”.
As part of the new initiative a government-funded scheme will be available to 16-to-24-year-olds who have complex learning difficulties and disabilities.
Youngsters who sign up for an internship, which will be run by further education colleges, will get help from expert career coaches and work for at least six months.
Employers will also be given help from the same coaches and encouraged to take on disabled young people.
Source: BBC News
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