When you think about making a reasonable adjustment for a disabled person, what springs to mind? Making adaptations to your premises or having specialist equipment for the individual? In fact, it incorporates much more than this, and there is funding available to help you...
Under the Equality Act 2010, employers are required to make reasonable adjustments for disabled employees. The act states that employers must take reasonable steps so that the employee can carry out their job, and, provided that an adjustment would be reasonable, an employer has no defence for not carrying it out. Employers are also expected to act positively and constructively around reasonable adjustments.
Funding to support reasonable adjustments is available though Access to Work; a Department for Work and Pensions scheme. Grants are available for people with a disability, health issue or mental health condition who are in employment, self employed or about to start a job or work trial. Click here for full eligibility.
Access to Work can support individuals to access funding for things such as:
- Adaptations to equipment
- Purchase of specialist equipment
- A support worker or job coach to support the individual in the workplace
- Funding to get to work if the individual is unable to use public transport
- Disability awareness training for your colleagues
- Communicators at a job interviews.
In addition, Remploy is delivering the Workplace Mental Health Support Service in partnership with Access to Work, which aims to support individuals experiencing mental distress in the workplace to remain in, or return to their role.
Call: 0845 600 2517