Hidden Disabilities in the Irish Workplace

Hidden Disabilities in the Irish Workplace

By Robert McHugh, Business World
Thursday, 18th August 2016
Filed under: HiddenDisability

Hidden Disabilities in the Irish Workplace 

Neurological charities Headway, Brain Injury Services & Support and Epilepsy Ireland have welcomed consumer research findings that show their joint hidden disability campaign (www.iseebeyond.ie) has helped raise awareness since it was launched last February.

They are now planning to raise further awareness on the issue of hidden disabilities with Irish employers. For the next phase of the campaign, #iseebeyond hopes to specifically target the issue of hidden disability in the workplace.

As part of this initiative, a survey conducted by Amárach Research across a total of 2,000 participants in Ireland has been released. It shows that 41% of respondents are aware of the concept of hidden disability compared 32% in the previous survey.

Over one third (37%) said they would feel comfortable informing their employer that they had a hidden disability – a 7% increase. 

Companies already supporting #iseebeyond include Munster Rugby, Energia, Flogas, IRUPA, HAVAS, BDO and Marketing Network, amongst others. 

Speaking about the findings, Epilepsy Ireland CEO, Peter Murphy said, "Hundreds of thousands of people across the country are affected by hidden disabilities and the campaign aimed towards a more inclusive society where no one should feel burdened."

He added, "However, there is still much work to be done and both Epilepsy Ireland and Headway plan to continue the great work of #iseebeyond into the future."

Source: www.businessworld.ie