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There has been some progression in modern times of representation and equality for people with a disability, but one major hurdle remains – getting into employment.
There are a number of good employment support organisations who tirelessly campaign for disability equality in education and employment.
Values Into Action Scotland, Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities and many partner organisations currently run an annual event called Young Scotland’s Got Talent (YSGT).
Since its inception in 2010 the event has brought together all the relevant agencies who give advice on employment, holding fun workshops showcasing the talent of young people with a learning disability or autism introducing them to interesting jobs and also inviting keynote speakers from different industry sectors.
The event centres on a catwalk with a difference, as people with learning disabilities strut their stuff in work uniform.
In past years YSGT has been a national roadshow into different towns and cities, to highlight issues and try to break down some barriers into employment.
Scheduled events this year were quickly postponed with the rapid onset of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.
With new technology such as Zoom coming to the forefront of 2020 life, some of the event was moved to a fully online platform, and topically focussed on young people with a disability currently working on the frontline.
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