Episode Summary

85% of young disabled adults say they feel lonely, while they are more than twice as likely to be unemployed than non-disabled people. So how can the barriers to employment thrown up by conditions such as cerebral palsy be broken down?

Episode Notes

Aisling Gill-Dougherty is a 23 year old Politics and International Relations student at the University of Reading. She also happens to have Cerebral Palsy.

In this episode Aisling meets Josh Krichefski, the Chief Executive of Media Com UK, part of one of the biggest advertising agencies in the world. Aisling is accompanied by Sarah Knott who is one of Aisling’s personal assistants.

The pair meet at the Media Com offices in central London to discuss what it's like to achieve ambitions in the workplace without suitable role models; the practicalities of employing someone who requires a personal assistant to communicate effectively; and why employers attitudes towards disabilities need to change.

Throughout this series, presented by Yassmin Abdel-Magied, you’ll hear six inspiring, intimate and frank conversations between those who hold power in sought-after industries and the people struggling to find their way due to a variety of barriers that life throws up.

You can read and watch more from our Breaking Barriers series on virgin.com, including a feature on the disability employment gap and a video interview with Yassmin.

About the Show

A frank and intimate series of conversations between those who hold power in sought-after industries and the people struggling to find employment due to barriers - such as having a disability, holding refugee status or gender discrimination - in their chosen sector.

Presented by social advocate and author Yassmin Abdel-Magied, this show is a collection of inspiring and powerful stories about sharing common ground and accessing pathways.