Disabled people are subject to discrimination in the UK, an organisation has claimed.
According to figures cited by the Royal Association for Disability Rights (Radar) - which was formed in 1977 and claims to have a membership of more than 800 organisations and individuals - fewer than one in twenty public appointees are disabled.
This is despite the fact that one in five of the working-age population in the UK has a disability or long-term health problem.
The statistics were taken from a Government Equalities Office factsheet.
Responding to them, David Stocks, a graduate of Radar's leadership programme, said employers may be missing out on capable workers.
He added: "It is time to tap into the great pool of talent that is waiting to be realised within those living with ill-health, injury or disability."
Run by and working on behalf of disabled people, Radar describes its vision as a "just and equal" society which draws its strength from human difference.