Over the summer of 2011, Pearl Findlay faced disability related discrimination at her place of employment. Her position was harshly withdrawn on the basis that she had voluntarily disclosed information about her disability by asking for a stool to sit on during her nine hour shift as a receptionist. Although the Equality Act is put in place to stop such discriminative incidents happening, her example shows that it is still extremely easy for employers to discriminate those with a disability.
Findlay explains that disability related prejudice is not being taken seriously enough at a time when disabled people need more support than ever, due to the impact of the recession. Findlay’s current body of work explores 'the disabled gaze' and addresses disability access issues, specifically designated disabled parking. She photographs various disabled-allocated parking spaces as people drive in and out of them, whether they are disabled or not. These car parks have ‘strict’ and clear rules with fines for breaching regulations, but despite this, it is common for many non-disabled people to park in these spaces.
By highlighting this contradictory system, Findlay makes an important point. The ultimate aim of her work is to question our society's perspective and attitude towards disabled people in the UK, hopefully leading in a breakdown against common stereotypes.