NUT: Disabled teachers provide role models and promote aspiration

Disabled People and the Coalition Government

Commenting after the debate on Motion 50, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers? union, said;

?Teachers highlighted today the challenges faced by disabled teachers and disabled people in wider society. Disabled teachers have the right to work. They also provide excellent role models to students and illustrate that disabled children should aspire to independent living and playing a full role in society.

?Government plans to make teachers pay more, work longer and get less in retirement will have a disproportionate effect on disabled teachers. It is not realistic for most teachers to contemplate being in front of a class at 68 years old. For many disabled teachers this is simply impossible, as some have an impairment or illness which limits the quality and length of life.

?In this economic climate many disabled job applicants face significant barriers. Access to Work funding must be retained so that reasonable adjustments for disabled workers can be funded.?

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