Do you need support in your work? Do you have staff that need support?
The Access to Work Scheme might be just what your are looking for...
The Access to Work scheme is run by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Their role is to support people with disabilities to prevent them from being unemployed. Dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD and Aspergers are recognised as disabilities under the Equality Act 2010.
So if your dyslexia, dyspraxia or ADHD cause you difficulties that impact on your work, you can call Access to Work for support in your job. Their staff can make recommendations over the phone that can help you move in the right direction. More usually they send a Work Based Assessor to see you in your work environment. Their role is to establish which support options would make a difference to your performance, to help you be successful in carrying out your job. Support can come in the form of software, technological aids, training or tuition with a dyslexia specialist. The Access to Work scheme currently helps over 3000 dyslexic workers each year. The services offered are to enable you to:
- improve your success in your role at work
- meet targets and deadlines
- help with communication of your needs with your employers
- make progress in your career
The Assessor will write a report about your support options and send you three quotes for each.
Access to Work can pay up to 100 per cent of the approved costs of making reasonable adjustments if you are one of the following:
- Unemployed and starting a new job;
- Working for an employer for less than six weeks.
Whatever your employment status, Access to Work also pay for up to 100% of approved costs for:
- support workers;
- fares to work;
- communicator support at interview.
If you have been employed for more than six weeks and needs special equipment and/or adaptations to premises, then the following financial guidelines will apply:
- employers with 1 to 9 employees are not be expected to share costs;
- employers with 10 to 49 employers pay the first £300 and 20% of costs up to £10,000;
- employers with 50 to 249 employees pay the first £500 and 20% of costs up to £10,000;
- employers with 250 or more employees pay the first £1,000 and 20% of costs up to £10,000.
If you are unhappy with the companies recommended in the report then you are able to choose your own. As long as the company is known to be reputable by Access to Work, then it is usually approved.
Some support can be permanent or long-lasting, such as software or technology, while other types might be for shorter or more intense periods. Halfpenny Development currently works with Access to Work clients providing one-to-one training for 10 weeks, that is designed to support clients through periods of transition as work. This is because the transition into new roles or learning new skills in a short time-frame can present additional challenges, if they are not taught in the right way.