John Mackenzie is employed to do gardening and grounds maintenance
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Birmingham employers see disability 'untapped talent'

Disabled workers have been demonstrating their "untapped talents" to Birmingham employers.

John Mackenzie works for a specialist firm in Staffordshire which employs people with learning difficulties to do gardening and grounds maintenance.

He said getting out and enjoying company was as important as earning money.

Sophie Christenson is employed as a statistician and said: "Disabled people are a form of untapped talent that needs to be looked at. We bring a different point of view."

Mike Penny, the minister for disabled people, said a Birmingham road show on disability and work held on Thursday was important for employers to hear the facts and realise there is "no reason" not to employ disabled people.

David Oldfield, from Walsall, is registered blind and shared his experience of looking for work for six years before being hired at a recruitment firm.

  • 22 Nov 2013
  • From the section England
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