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    On the Margins: disabled people’ s experience of employment in Donegal, West Ireland

    Kitchin, Rob and Shirlow, Peter and Shuttleworth, Ian (1998) On the Margins: disabled people’ s experience of employment in Donegal, West Ireland. Disability & Society, 13 (5). pp. 785-806. ISSN 0968-7599

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    Traditionally, studies of disabled people’s access to the labour market have been largely restricted to labour market 'censuses' , often conducted by government agencies, and econometric studies. This paper explores disabled people’s access to and experiences of employment in Donegal, West Ireland, using a qualitative approach. Twelve disabled people and four non-disabled helpers, divided into two focus groups, were interviewed using an in-depth, informal conversational strategy. A number of different, salient issues were identified in regards to training, and gaining and maintaining employment, ranging from ignorance and discrimination, to poor access (both workplace and transport), to legislation. Respondents identified a number or potential solutions which mainly focused around disability awareness, removing barriers to gaining employment and the implementation of stronger legislation. In the final section, the issues and solutions raised by disabled people are compared to those identified by non-disabled people, collected in a parallel study.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: The final and definitive form of this article, the Version of Record, has been published in Disability and Society [1998] [copyright Taylor & Francis], available online at: DOI:10.1080/09687599826515
    Keywords: disability; employment; Donegal; Ireland; discrimination; access; legislation;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > National Institute for Regional and Spatial analysis, NIRSA
    Item ID: 3943
    Depositing User: Prof. Rob Kitchin
    Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2012 14:57
    Journal or Publication Title: Disability & Society
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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