This campaign was specifically targeted at employers nationwide after the results of research conducted by Amarach revealed an overwhelming lack of awareness for hidden disabilities, 7 out of 10 respondents admitted they did not know the meaning of the term ‘hidden disability’. When asked to name disabilities, the top two listed were blindness and mobility impairment, both of which usually carry a recognisable physical or obvious difference.When prompted for what could be categorised as a hidden disability, depression was mentioned most often.A staggering 7 in 10 people admitted they would not feel comfortable telling their employer that they had a hidden disability. 9 in 10 employees in Ireland say the workplace lacks awareness of hidden disabilities.
Employers who were among the first to offer visible support for #iseebeyond included Energia, Flogas, Marketing Network and BDO. Energia used the videos as part of their health and wellness month in March. Ibec joined the #iiseebeyond campaign in April.
Headway have now partnered with the Employer Disability Information service which is an expert peer source of advice and information on employing and retaining staff with disabilities managed by a consortium of employer organisations including Chambers, ISME and Ibec. They will give practical help to companies who want support and information for all disabilities.
Organisations can participate in the #iseebeyond campaign by signing up and showing support and commitment to the principles behind the campaign. If you want more information and to get involved email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, 31 May 2016