Disability & Employment
If you are disabled and need extra help when seeking employment then you have the right to speak with a disability employment adviser, the advisor can offer you support and help regardless of your position.
The advisor is there to give you advice on gaining new skills or re training, whether you have been out of work for a long time or just a short while.
What can the disability advisor do?
* If you are finding it difficult to get work because of your disability then an advisor can help you find one.
* The advisor will know suitable jobs and those employers that have a good policy for employing disabled people.
* The advisor will be able to give you advice about any specialised support you may be entitled to receive.
* If you have recently become disabled or your disability has gradually got worse then they will be able to provide specific advice.
* Make the use of occupational therapists specialising in working with disabled people.
You will be able to work closely with the disability employment advisor to help you find work or to enable you to keep your existing job. If you think you might be about to lose the job you already have then an advisor can work with both you and your employer and give advice on practical ways that would help you keep your job.
What services are provided by the advisor?
A disability employment advisor can offer you:
* A complete assessment to identify what work you would be most suited to or the kind of training you might need for finding work.
* Refer you to individually tailored programmes that are specially designed for helping disabled people find work.
* Give you access to programs such as Access to work, Workstep and other job introduction schemes.
* Access to occupational psychologist for a more detailed assessment for the kind of work that is more suitable to your particular needs.
* Information on employers that are known to give positions to disabled people.
An assessment will bring out your particular skills and strengths to help decide what work you are most suited for applying for, at the end of the assessment you will have a clear plan set out towards steps you can take to achieving your goals.
During the assessment you will be asked to talk about your skills and abilities, your strongest points and talk about any previous work you may have done and also set reasonable goals for the work you are capable of doing now.
You will be asked to carry out practical tasks and some written work which various types of work may involve. After the assessment you and the advisor will agree on a plan of action for which should help you achieve obtaining a position of employment.
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