Never a Disabled Person on The Apprentice

I've never found much use for Twitter but the media likes to go on about it so I occationally browse it to see if maybe there is something I'm missing.

One post by BBC Ouch caught my attention twitter.com/bbcouch/status/...

"There has never been a visibly disabled person on The Apprentice. Why? "

Which shows a common assumption that somehow being visibly disabled is more significant than a disability which isn't visible. Scary coming from the BBC.

A couple of replies I liked and re-tweeted..

"ali ‏@alibali50 Oct 17

@bbcouch @FordCarole err is there a particular reason why you state 'visibly' disabled ?"

"Rachel Garrick ‏@RC_Garrick Oct 16

@bbcouch shame on you! Katie Hopkins has very severe epilepsy. Not all disabilities are visable."

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  • "There has never been a visibly disabled person on The Apprentice. Why? "

    Doesn't that just imply that there has been someone on there that has had a disability that isn't visible?

  • Also this tweet; "Rachel Garrick ‏@RC_Garrick Oct 16

    @bbcouch shame on you! Katie Hopkins has very severe epilepsy. Not all disabilities are visable."

    is irrelevant to the article;

    "There has never been a visibly disabled person on The Apprentice. Why?"

    This article says that there has been people on this show with non-visible disabilities, so I really don't understand this tweet.

  • Very good point about not all disabilities being visible. One could say that Katie Hopkins' greatest disability is a lack of empathy, rather than her epilepsy.......but that is hugely visible.

  • I love calamityjane's comment regarding Katy Hopkins lack of empathy ! I would love her take on brain injury and the aftermath!

  • I bet they would show them up. Just because you have a disability. Does nt mean you can't do a good job.

  • Some of it is the numbers game, 16% of adults have a disablity, as a % folks with a disablity are poorer and less qualifcations. and thus less are in jobs, and those that are, are in less challenging on the whole.

    this said disabled vastly outnumber any non white ethnic group.

    The sterotypical image of disabled person is in a wheelchair, i'm not really sure it's light entertainments goal to educate about this.

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