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Losing TouchA man without his body$
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Jonathan Cole

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198778875

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198778875.001.0001

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Losing Touch

Jonathan Cole

Oxford University Press

After the Canadian trip it became apparent that all was not well for Ian at home. This chapter concerns Ian’s life after his divorce from his second wife, Linda, and his move back down south, unemployed and broke. Ian realized that with the new Disability Discrimination Act companies would need to do access audits, and he enrolled on a course run by Disability Matters assisting disabled people back into work. This company was owned and run by Stephen Duckworth, who was tetraplegic. Duckworth recognized Ian’s talent and ambition and took him on. Ian assisted with the audit of cinemas in London’s West End and over the next few years he worked hard auditing hundreds of banks, cinemas, department stores, and hotels. In this work he turned his impairment and need for attention to movement to his advantage, even though he had had to work harder than he would have liked.

Keywords:   Disability Discrimination Act, Disability Matters, Stephen Duckworth, access audits, employment

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