Disability should never be a barrier to employment. There are disabled people working in every field you can think of, including nursing, teaching, sports, business, law, media, IT, and veterinary science.
Under the Equality Act of 2010, employers are required to remove barriers in the workplace for disabled people, and financial assistance is available to help them do so. You should always begin exploring your options based on your goals and interests. From there, you can consider any advice or support you might need.
When applying and interviewing for jobs, don’t be afraid to ask for any reasonable adjustments, such as getting documents in an alternative format, such as large print, Braille or electronically.
Through Disability Confident, many UK employers have committed to creating inclusive workplaces.
It is not necessary to disclose a disability to an employer unless it is directly asked about on a medical questionnaire. The Equality Act 2010 prohibits employers from asking candidates questions about their health that are not related to the job role.
The decision to be open about your impairment is a personal one and people often worry about discrimination, prejudice, or lack of confidentiality. When you do inform your employer, you are more protected by the Equality Act in case of a workplace dispute. Discrimination claims might be less successful if an employer can demonstrate they didn’t know you were disabled. Other advantages to telling a potential employer include:
Information about your impairment is protected by the Equality Act and the General Data Protection Regulations. Unless you consent, this information cannot be shared with others.
If you are disabled or have a health condition, Access to Work can help you get or keep a job. Your needs will determine how much support you receive. The following services are available through Access to Work:
Access to Work grants can help to pay for help, such as a BSL interpreter or note take, vehicle adaptions, accessible hardware, and support workers
The scheme helps employers recruit and retain great employees and provides:
Moreover, it helps customers and other businesses determine which employers are committed to equality at work.