BBC Disability Works explores the world of work for disabled people

According to the World Bank, there are at least 1 billion people who have some sort of disability around the world - and having a disability means you are more likely to be unemployed than the general population. From 20-24 February BBC News will be exploring how disabled people fare in employment and as consumers all over the world.The week of programmes will highlight the work that is going on around the world to help people into work, and some of the ingenious solutions that people use to continue doing the job they love.

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You can catch up on all the BBC coverage by following the hashtag #disabilityworks and the main day for programmes will be on Wednesday 22nd February, where programming will be right across the BBC Network including radio, TV and online.

Seven ways AbilityNet can help disabled people in the workplace

AbilityNet can help you or your staff continue to do the job that they love. 

  • A good first step is to go to the Clear Talents at Work website and fill your profile in and answer some easy questions. This will help us get a clearer picture of your situation.
  • Or you can call our free Helpline. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff will discuss any kind of computer problem and do their best to come up with a solution. We’re open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm on 0800 269 545.
  • If you are in work your employers have a responsibility to make Reasonable Adjustments to help you do your job.
  • For more details on this have a look at and
  • Arrange a home visit from one our friendly police-checked ITCanHelp volunteers who can help with all sorts of technical issues with your home ciumputer, tablet, i{Pad or smartphone. They can come to your home, or help you over the phone.
  • We have a range of factsheets which talk in detail about technology that might help you. These can be downloaded for free. You might find our factsheets talking about voice recognition and keyboard alternatives particularly useful.
  • My Computer My Way is our free interactive guide to all the accessibility features built into current desktops, laptops, tables and smartphones.