Help is available for disabled people looking for work in the United Kingdom. Look out for the 'disability confident' symbol and find out how to use employment advisers.
SEARCHING FOR A JOB: Looking for work if you are disabled can be a challenge. But, the government helps to make job searching for someone with a disability less of a handicap.
People with disabilities should look for specific job adverts and application forms. Look out for the ones displaying the 'disability confident' symbol.
Note: Look for jobs for disabled people in your area using the Job Centre Plus Local Office Search to find the nearest address or telephone number.
The first place to get help is your local Jobcentre office. They can help you to find a job or to gain new skills. The Jobcentre also has information on 'disability-friendly' employers located in your area.
In some cases, it may be appropriate to get referred to a specialist work psychologist. This type of 'employment assessment' will discover important information about you, such as:
Note: You can get more information from the work coach based at your local Jobcentre branch.
Having a work coach will help you get back into work. They can give you current details on workplace programmes and grants, such as:
Check to see if you can apply for an Access to Work grant. It would be helpful if you need support during a job interview (e.g. to use the services of a communicator).
Employers must follow certain rules when recruiting disabled workers. In most cases, they cannot ask questions about your health or your disability 'before' offering you a job.
But, employers can ask about it in very limited reasons, such as:
The Equality Advisory Support Service can help if you think you got treated unfairly. In some cases, you can also take a serious complaint to an employment tribunal. You must do it within three (3) months of the discrimination occurring.
Information and advice about discrimination and human rights issues.
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Looking for Work if You are Disabled in the United Kingdom