Employers must make reasonable adjustments to make sure disabled workers are not disadvantaged when doing their jobs.
Reasonable adjustments make sure that if you are a disabled person, you have the same access to everything that is involved in getting and doing a job as someone who is not disabled.
- Making physical changes. This may involve installing a ramp for a wheelchair user or a visual fire alarm for a deaf person
- Letting a disabled person work somewhere else. This could be on the ground floor for a wheelchair user
- Changing equipment so it is easier to use. It may mean providing a special keyboard for someone with arthritis
- Allowing employees who become disabled to make a gradual return to work. For example working flexible hours or part-time
Many of the adjustments your employer can make will not be particularly expensive, and they are not required to do more than it is reasonable for them to do.
- What is reasonable can depend on the size and nature of your employer's organisation.
- Many things will be involved in deciding what adjustments to make and they will depend on individual circumstances.
- People will need different changes, even if they seem to have similar disabilities or health conditions.
- It is best if your employer discusses the adjustments with you to make sure they are right for you.
- The benefits to you and your employer of providing reasonable adjustments far outweigh the effort of putting them in place.
You can get advice on reasonable adjustments from the Disability Employment Adviser (DEA) at your local Jobcentre Plus office. Or the Disability Employment Service if you’re in Northern Ireland.
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