While there is a growing literature on the experiences of disabled workers, this article presents an account of a work experience not frequently documented: being employed while living with dementia. It does this through the account of Elizabeth Draper, an NHS Hospital Trust manager, who received a diagnosis of dementia while employed. The article offers new ways of conceptualizing the struggles of disabled workers to continue with their project of self-becoming through work. It shows how work practices can enact violence through ‘non-recognition’ and how workers can subvert this violence to create opportunities for future development.
Williams, J., Richardson, S., & Draper, E. (2018). A Beginning and not the End: Work After a Diagnosis of Dementia. Work, Employment and Society, 32(1), 219-229. https://doi.org/10.1177/0950017017737493