access to work assessment

Access to Work are part of the DWP (Government Department for Work and Pensions).

Their role is to prevent people with disabilities from being unemployed.

If you have a disability such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or ADHD, that affects your ability to work, the Access to work scheme can help by providing a grant for:

  • Practical Assistance
  • Communicators (for Hearing Impaired)
  • Readers (for Visually Impaired)
  • Alterations to equipment / the work environment so that it is more accessible for employees
  • Assistance with purchasing specialist software if needed
  • Assistance with travel expenses, if public transport cannot be used

It is designed to support people who want to:

  • Start working
  • Stay in work
  • Move into self-employment or start a business

The grant is not for business start-up costs.

The money awarded depends on your circumstances and does not have to be paid back.

The grant does not affect any other benefits.

You will be formally assessed at the centre and a workplace visit will be required to formulate recommendations for "reasonable adjustments" to be made.

Cost of Access to Work Diagnostic Assessment: £350 (plus expenses)

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