Access to Work (ATW) is a government scheme run by Jobcentre Plus that covers the financial cost of providing disability solutions that would otherwise not be considered a “reasonable adjustment”.
If you want to work but have a disability that makes working a problem you may be able to get help from the access to work scheme. This provides practical advice and support to help you overcome work-related obstacles. It can also give you grants towards extra employment costs.
Examples of the kind of help available through Access to Work are:
- A communicator, advocate or BSL interpreter for a job interview or if you have communication difficulties
- Specialist equipment (or alterations to existing equipment) to suit your particular needs
- Alterations to premises or a working environment to make it more accessible
Access to work also offers other help, which includes special aids or equipment for employment and adaptations to premises and existing equipment. ATW can help you work with your disability and achieve better connection with your working life and increase your productivity by providing you with the necessary support to make that positive change.