People with Down’s syndrome have an immense range of qualities and skills. And yet, less than 7% of people with learning disabilities are in paid work.
We know that lots of people with Down’s syndrome who want to work, don’t have a paid job. In fact, in Scotland only around 7% of people with learning disabilities are in paid work compared with 74% of the general population.
In a survey, we asked members what needs to happen, they told us they wanted:
We want to partner with employers across Scotland and identify great opportunities for people with Down’s syndrome. We know the economic outlook is challenging for many businesses right now but people with Down’s syndrome can’t be put to the back of the queue.
It’s good for business to employ someone with Down’s syndrome – they offer a wide range of skills and sought-after qualities and employers tell us that they have a really positive impact on the workforce and the workplace. As we build forward to a new working world, their qualities of kindness, compassion, loyalty and determination are exactly what we need right now.
Please #TakeAStepForward with us and join our campaign to create more employment opportunities for people with Down’s syndrome living in Scotland.
Get in touch at takeastepforward.org.uk to discuss how you can get involved.