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2016 National Disabled Members' Conference
24 May 2016
Carried as Amended

This Conference believes that young disabled people in particular are being subjected to ignorance and discrimination because of disabilities that are not immediately apparent. The impact of such disabilities can lead to people being wrongly labelled as “lazy”, or worse, and feeding the stereotype of those with invisible/non-apparent disabilities.

This Conference also believes that young people (disabled or not) are more likely to have less resources than their older counterparts in terms of knowledge, experience and strategies in challenging attitudes to invisible disabilities.

This Conference further believes that UNISON has a role to play in challenging this situation in the workplace, as collective action and support is better than going it alone.

This Conference calls on the National Disabled Members Committee to:

1. seek to work with UNISON’s Bargaining Unit to come up with an information and negotiating fact sheet about invisible/non-apparent disabilities for branches to raise the issue with their employers;

2. produce a leaflet around the subject to raise awareness with members of this issue.