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Disability Narratives

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Interview excerpt: Jo has had mixed experiences with managers, especially ones who were new to the team.


Portrait of JoI found - Sort of my general rule of thumb is, if the person who interviewed you, who selected you, who then manages you - they will be fine with it, because they've okayed that internally with themselves at interview. You know, disabled person, fine. It's when their successor comes in, that's when you may have problems. Because this person will not have okayed it internally with themselves, that they are okay to work with someone in a wheelchair. And that's what I've found all through my sort of working life, is - you know - your first, your first manager is fine, but it's when they are replaced that if problems are going to occur, that's when they will happen [for example a new manager] who's come in and they meet the disabled member of the team, they sort of go "Oh, nice to meet you." And it's all, you know, they keep a good face on. But you, you sort of notice little - like they might stand back a bit. Or, just look a bit unsure about things. And if they haven't had the sort of experience of being with a disabled person, whether it might be through family, or another job or anything - it's a new experience for them. And you take that into account for maybe the first few weeks. But I would expect someone to sort of - even if they're not internally psychologically happy with it, they should act it. You know?

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