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Equality and Diversity Policy: Appendix 2

Sources of assistance for disabled employees

The Library can get help in employment matters from a variety of sources - including the Employment Service and voluntary organisations.

Access to Work

Access to Work is an Employment Service programme for disabled people that is managed by the Disability Employment Team in local Jobcentres plus offices. Access to Work provides practical help and advice, and financial assistance to enable employers to make the most of the talents and potential of disabled recruits and employees. Financial assistance may vary, but can be up to 80% of costs above, 300 for existing employees and up to 100% for recruits. Managers and disabled employees should liaise with their HR Business Partner or Advisor. 

This programme can provide a range of assistance to disabled people:

  • a communicator for people who are deaf or have impaired hearing;
  • a part-time reader or assistant at work for people who are blind or have a visual impairment;
  • a support worker to help the disabled person either at work or in getting to/from work;
  • alterations to premises or a working environment;
  • adaptations to a car, or help towards taxi fares or other transport costs if the person cannot use public transport;
  • supply of equipment or alterations to existing equipment dependant on specific needs e.g.
    • for people who are blind or partially sighted - special computer equipment, closed circuit TV, large print output devices, tape recorders, pocket memos, talking calculators, braille measuring devices;
    • for people who are deaf or hard of hearing - amplifiers, loud-speaking telephone amplifiers, text terminals;
    • for people with walking, standing or sitting problems - electrically powered wheelchairs with riser seats, stand-up and kerb mounting facilities;
    • for people with other physical disabilities or communication difficulties - electronic writing systems, special computer equipment or software, page turners, special chairs.

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