Empower magazine is a publication for the amputee community. Their main goal is to motivate, inspire, give advice and support people who have lost a limb by working with direct governing bodies and leading charities in the field to offer up to date information, guidance and relevant advice for amputees and their families.
Empower got in touch with Wave-length as they recognised the company as experts in employment support for people with disabilities. Ann Johnson, Director of Wave-length, contributed to the magazine by researching and talking to amputees about their experiences and shares the responses she got from amputees that have had support, or lack of, within the workplace.
The article suggests that although there has been improvement through the Equality Act, there is still much that needs to be done when it comes to supporting people returning to the workplace, or looking for jobs as an amputee. An interesting quote taken from the article is, ‘Legislation doesn’t necessarily alter the perception that some able-bodied people may have about disabled people.’ This suggests that companies need to consider training their staff further so that there is equality within the workplace and judgements are not made purely on a person’s disability.
I asked Ann about her experience writing an article for Empower magazine and what she found out whilst meeting with various amputees. She wrote,
‘When I was asked by Empower to contribute to their national magazine on the impact and experiences of amputees in accessing employment, I did wonder, as a wheelchair user myself, if the experience of an amputee would be really any different from my own. But having met with several amputees living in Shropshire it was evident that whilst some experiences were the same, other areas were not. For example, one person spoke of the discomfort of the joint and the need to rest from time to time which was understood by their employer, another of the often invisibility of false limbs by the general public and colleagues although interestingly he went on to say that he could always spot an amputee in a crowd.
It never fails to interest me the diversity of experience and challenges faced by people with varying conditions and disabilities and often the way they overcome them to be as capable as anyone else in the workplace or in wider society- but understanding that such personal journeys can take time as people come to terms with their own body changes, the need to do things differently than before and how that impacts upon there surroundings’
Wave-length would like to thank all of the amputees who contributed to the article. If you have had any experience with amputation, whether you have lost a limb yourself or you are caring for an amputee, we would like to hear your thoughts. You can contact us via our website http://www.wave-length.org.uk/contact-us/ or call us on 01952 670404.