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BBC highlights experiences of disabled people as workers and consumers

BBC highlights experiences of disabled people as workers and consumers

The BBC is exploring the experiences of disabled people in the workforce and as consumers in a week of special news coverage entitled Disability Works. 

Coming from across the UK and around the world, the stories will focus on the experience of disabled entrepreneurs and employees. They will examine how different businesses are innovating to help disabled people and look at the power of the purple pound in the UK and global economy.

Graeme Whippy, a consultant and speaker at BATA's AGM, was one of the first people to feature in the coverage. He talked about the barriers disabled people face in work.

As part of the week, BBC News is reporting from Mumbai where a UK company is hiring blind people as perfumers, and from Wales where a farmer paralysed after a car accident has been able to continue working, thanks to a specially adapted tractor.

They are also reporting on how the fashion industry has responded to disabled consumers and hear from the South African firm employing disabled welders.

The main day of output is Wednesday 22 February when reports appear across all BBC News output.

The broadcaster has also announced a £1 million scheme to recruit, train and develop journalists with disabilities, both visible and hidden.

Over the next year, twelve new positions will be created in BBC News’ Mobile and Online teams. The roles will range from broadcast journalists to assistant editors, with the successful applicants working across a wide range of content.

The first of the posts will be advertised shortly. Details will be available on the BBC Careers website.