Those in the workplace living with a hidden disability are being urged to nominate their company in the National Hidden Disability Awards 2017.
Headway, Brain Injury Services and Support and Epilepsy Ireland are behind the #iseebeyond campaign which aims to promote a positive message towards people living with a hidden disability in the workplace.
A national survey* conducted by Amárach shows that 7 in 10 people would not feel comfortable telling their employer they had a hidden disability and 9 in 10 employees in Ireland show that workplaces lack awareness of hidden disabilities.
CEO of Headway, Kieran Loughran said: “A hidden disability can be easily overlooked. Every day people living with an acquired brain injury face judgement because people can’t see what is going on for them.
“We want to create a society in which people living with a brain injury feel more understood, included and supported in the workplace. We want to dispel the myth that people with hidden disabilities like an acquired brain injury or epilepsy are unable or no longer able to contribute in the work place and of course celebrate the companies that have made a positive impact with their employees.”
Well-known radio presenter Rick O’Shea has worked with Epilepsy Ireland for over ten years and was diagnosed with epilepsy at aged 16, also said: “I am delighted to show my support for the #iseebeyond campaign. Living with any disability can be difficult, but when the disability is not visible unfortunately stigma can be attached.”
Employees who wish to nominate their employer can do so here.
Above, pictured showing their support for the #iseebeyond campaign was lr Headway, Brain Injury Services client Rebecca Cunningham, well-known radio presenter Rick O’Shea and Karen Lee client of Epilepsy Ireland.