If you’re disabled and looking for employment there may be additional support available to you. It is worth doing a bit of research to find out about schemes in your local area. We have included some links below to help you get started.
Some employers have completed disability confident training and accreditation. Look on adverts and application forms for the ‘disability confident’ symbol.
This symbol means the employer is committed to employing disabled people and you’ll be guaranteed an interview if you meet the basic conditions for the job.
Programmes and grants
There are programmes and grants to help you back into work. These include:
● Access to Work – money towards a support worker or for the cost of equipment or travelling to work
● Intensive Personalised Employment Support – individual training and help to get you into work
● Work and Health Programme – to help you find and keep a job
It’s against the law for employers to discriminate against you because of a disability. The Equality Act 2010 protects you and covers areas including:
● application forms
● interview arrangements
● aptitude or proficiency tests
● job offers
● terms of employment, including pay
● promotion, transfer and training opportunities
● dismissal or redundancy
● discipline and grievances
Acas offers free advice, tools and resources on employment rights and disability at work.
An employer has to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to avoid you being put at a disadvantage compared to non-disabled people in the workplace. For example, adjusting your working hours or providing you with a special piece of equipment to help you do the job.
Communities for Work Plus supports people who are unemployed and need to break down barriers to get back into work. Support is tailored for individual needs. Participants can gain qualifications, develop new skills and complete meaningful work placements.
It includes the Building Resilient Communities Programme which supports vulnerable people and builds resilience of families, children and adults. The programme offers a holistic wraparound provision for Communities for Work Plus employability projects.
Community Employment Mentors work across Gwent to provide accessible local support. For more information visit your local authority’s website:
Remploy delivers employment and skills support. It specialises in helping disabled people to find work and stay happy and healthy when in work.
The Engage to Change project works across Wales to support young people aged 16-25 who have a learning difficulty, learning disability and/or autism to overcome barriers to employment.
Autism Wales offers resources aimed at choosing the right career/job, securing and maintaining employment. These include practical tools for the autistic person and prospective/ current employers.
ELITE Supported Employment works across South, Mid and West Wales. ELITE supports people with disabilities with vocational opportunities, training and employment.
Mencap’s employment services support people with a learning disability to develop the skills and confidence needed to get a job.
Works For Me is a free service for blind and partially sighted people who are seeking paid employment, want to retain work through sight loss or are navigating a career change.
Redundancy and retirement
The selection process for redundancy must be fair and balanced for all employees. You can’t be chosen for redundancy just because you’re disabled. Your employer cannot force you to retire if you become disabled.
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