‘Chronically ill need to get back to work!’
‘Re-integration on the job market’.
Great words and sloganesk promises, but chronically ill people often fall between two stools.
➡ On the one hand, it’s very difficult to find a job as a chronically ill person. Pain, fatigue, unpredictability and uncertainty, physical and/or mental conditions make it very difficult to find a job that is manageable (ánd a job that one also likes to do).
And then you need to find an employer who wants to hire a chronically ill person. Many employers are in no hurry to hire chronically ill people, despite support measures for ‘re-integration’ or inclusion.
➡ On the other hand, criteria to be recognised as a person with a disability or to get allowances are increasingly getting stricter (budget cuts!). You can still walk, right? You can still manage to hold your head up, right? So you’re not ‘disabled’. To get help and support, one is not considered #disabled.