Call for employers to open jobs to disabled

Four years after the introduction of the Disability Discrimination Act, a raft of initiatives is being launched next month to get employers on board.

The Disability Rights Commission, set up to give teeth to the Act, is launching its first major campaign since its creation last April. The Actions Speak Louder Than Words initiative, is due to be launched by Tony Blair on 11 December, will see employers pledge to increase the number of disabled people they employ.

The anniversary also coincides with the European Day of Disabled People on 3 December.

Lloyds TSB, the TUC and bus company Arriva have been recruited by the commission to take part in its initiative.

By Helen Rowe

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