The Disability Discrimination Act is a piece of legislation that promotes civil rights for disabled people and protects disabled people from discrimination. The Act requires organisations to promote equality of opportunity for disabled people.

Talk to your hospital consultant about what type of job you want to do. Ask them for a letter describing your medical fitness to put in with job application.

When you apply for a job it is important that you tell them about PCD or you will not be covered by the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

Some questions you may like to ask a potential employer are: Are there flexible working arrangements? These make life easier in terms of attending Clinic appointments etc. What is the working environment like? Do they have a staff canteen, rest-room or first aid room? Does the company have a Permanent Health Insurance plan?

If you become too ill to work an index-linked retirement pension is paid for life. Does having PCD mean you won’t qualify? Does the company display the ‘positive about disabled people’ logo? Is there an on-site Occupational Health Centre to provide medical assistance when required?

The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 aims to combat discrimination against people with disabilities. Now that this legislation is in place, disability organisations are recommending that if you work for an organisation that has 15 or more people (the minimum number to ensure the legislation is applicable), you should disclose your condition.