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In this section you can find all the advice and guidance you need as you apply for jobs and prepare for interviews.
In the Recruitment section there is a wealth of information about completing applications forms, online tests, and the various stages in the recruitment. Whilst the Disability section provides advice on how to manage your disability during the recruitment process including information on how to inform an employer of what you require and referring to your disability during an interview.
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This section profiles many individuals, working across different industries, at various stages of their careers. Their interviews demonstrate that is possible to have a successful career regardless of whether or not you have a disability. They also illustrate the adjustments that can be made in the workplace.
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An individual who has a disability or long term health condition may require an adjustment in the workplace to enable them to efficiently and effectively do their job.
You may have already have had adjustments during the recruitment process or you may request them only once you have started in your role. Either way it is imperative to ask for what you need.
The Equalities Act 2010 states:
Recently employers have started referring to reasonable adjustments as workplace adjustments.
Adjustments are also made for you once you are in the workplace to ensure that you can perform the role, as well as to demonstrate and fulfil your potential.
Adjustments may also vary depending on the different situations. You may require something different during the interview process in comparison to when you join the organisation. Equally, your needs may change over time and with it the corresponding support and adjustments.
It is understandable that some employers may feel uncomfortable talking to you about your disability and associated needs as this is potentially very personal and sensitive information. By engaging in open dialogue with the employer, you can help them to have these essential conversations more easily. You can help them to better understand what you require and why. One way of approaching this is to explain the consequences of not receiving the support or adjustments that you require.
In some cases the adjustments you had during the recruitment process can be used as a basis for what you need in the work place. If not you will need to initiate a conversation about what you require.
As with the requesting support and adjustments for the recruitment process, it is a two way process involving both you and your new employer. Open and honest conversations are required to establish how you can best fulfil your role.
During the recruitment process it will usually be someone from the recruitment team who will liaise with you regarding your needs. Where as once an offer has been made it would be advisable to talk to your line manager.
Depending on what adjustments are required, other departments throughout the organisation may be involved, including IT, Facilities, Health and Safety, and HR. It may be sometimes be appropriate to involve occupational health professionals in your discussions.
You may require advice from others such as occupational health professionals or organisations who specialise in advising and assessing workplace adjustments. Be confident in asking for support to help you work out what you require.
There is external funding available from Access to Work (AtW); this is government funding covering the additional costs of employing disabled people.
However you must understand that it is difficult for an employer to provide what you need if you don't tell them.
Rather than discussing your disability, focus on the impact your condition has on your ability to undertake the role.
Inform your employer of what you need and why.
Help them to understand your requirements and what the adjustments will enable you to do.
Continuously review your adjustments to