DIT Professor Thomas Cooney features on RTE Brainstorm

26 March 2018

Opinion: Society needs to re-imagine disability and that also means increasing the rate of entrepreneurial activity within this community

DIT Professor Thomas Cooney, Professor in Entrepreneurship at DIT College of Business shares his opinion 'How to create more disability entrepreneurs' on RTE's Brainstorm. 


It is now widely recognised that people with disabilities suffer significant discrimination regarding employment opportunities. Yet, it remains a surprise to many people that approximately 13 percent of the population of Ireland are "registered disabled" and that just 30 percent of people of working age with disabilities participate in the workforce.

A 2005 report by the National Disability Authority (2005) noted that people with disabilities have lower hourly earnings than their non-disabled peers. The report also identified a wide range of other inequalities experienced by people with disabilities, including that just over half (50.8 percent) have no formal second-level educational qualifications and that they are over-represented in part-time employment.

A low level of educational attainment is just one factor that influences the capacity of a disabled person to secure employment. Other factors affecting an individual’s ability or willingness to supply their labour are likely to include the severity of the disability, access to and within a potential workplace, beliefs about the likelihood of facing discrimination and the trade-off between employment income and benefit receipts.

You can read the full article here.  

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