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Byline: I Can Do That! WITH TOM DOWLING For people who won't let disability get in the way - alltogethernow.org

DISABLED people are being shut out of the music industry largely because of the way employers view them.

That's the conclusion of a survey that found four out of five deaf and disabled people working in music believe barriers related to their impairment had affected their career.

And among those looking for work in the business, more than half have withdrawn from a job application for access-related reasons, while two-thirds admitted they either always or sometimes conceal impairments or health conditions.

One of those interviewed said: "I often find job offers are suddenly unavailable when I ask about access adjustments."

An overwhelming 93% of those questioned said the biggest barrier they faced in the music and live events industry was other people's perceptions of their capabilities.

Attitude is Everything, which campaigns to improve accessibility to live music, released the research as it published its new, free Accessible Employment Guide, which it hopes will improve the inclusion of Deaf and disabled workers in the commercial music sector.

The guide has been endorsed by organisations including UK Music, the PRS Foundation and the Association of Independent Music. For more information, head to www.attitudeiseverything.org.uk.

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Author:I Can Do That! WITH TOM DOWLING For people who won't let disability get in the way - alltogethernow.
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 4, 2021
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