Transport, disability and opportunity: Understanding the role of transport in the lives of young disabled Londoners seeking employment or opportunities

This report from Partnership for Young London, looks at how transport in London can present challenges for young disabled people trying to access opportunity. It features focus group research, with over 45 young disabled people, as well as some borough data analysis. It recommends the establishment of a seperate youth and disability advisory group for TfL, and for more development and sharing of good practice regarding travel training.

Of all young people, those with disabilities are found to face the most marginalisation and poverty, with less access to education and opportunity than their peers (UN, 2011). This is no less true in the UK, which lags behind Europe in the disability employment gap, coming in the bottom third, with a gap of 32%, with only 49% of disabled people in employment (Work and Pensions Committee, 2017), and where disabled people are four times more likely to be out of work as non-disabled people (Burchart, 2005). The impact of unemployment can be devastating, and not just for the individual, with research suggesting that halving the disability employment gap would boost the economy by £13 billion (Evans 2007). Yet there continues to be a history of research that details the negative impact a disability can have on an individual’s employment, especially in times of economic downturn (Gross et al, 2000; Barnes, 1992; Lunt et al, 1994; TUC, 2016).