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Resources For Disabled Students

Sources of employment support and advice

The following organisations offer a range of advice, support and guidance on recruitment and employment issues including disclosure:

AADD-UK Raising awareness, help and support for adults with ADHD. Includes list of regional support groups.

Association of Disabled Professionals Provides employment advice and information plus peer support for disabled professionals. 

Blind in Business General support for visually impaired job applicants including interview training. Also can provide readers for selection tests and assessment centres. 

Breakthrough UK Manchester based organisation offering employment support and training to disabled people. 

British Dyslexia Association Provides dyslexia information for those in or seeking employment. Includes advice on getting an assessment, help in finding a job and reasonable adjustments.

Disability Rights UK Support and advice on a range of work issues including benefits and careers, education and leadership. 

EmployAbility Offers support, advice and guidance on the recruitment process and disclosure. Works directly with many employers including Google, Goldman Sachs, NHS and Barclays. 

Equality and Human Rights Commission Provides information on disability related legalisation, plus general advice.

Great with Disability Provides information on managing a disability or long-term health condition when applying for jobs and going through the recruitment process, including; disclosure, requesting adjustments and support. Also includes employers and opportunities.

Law Society - Lawyers With Disabilities Division Promoting equality of opportunity for solicitors, would-be solicitors and clients with disabilities.

National Autistic Society (NAS) Offers support to students and graduates with preparation and transition to work through their Prospects employment service. Download their free Finding work interactive ebook.                 

 

Shaw Trust Employment Advisers provide advice on searching and applying for jobs.

Employment programmes and disability-friendly employers

If you wish to consider employers who run specific employment programmes for disabled people or those who are committed to having a diverse workforce the organisations below may be of interest.

BBC Extend Programme Extend is a BBC-wide work placement scheme which offers appropriately qualified disabled people the opportunity to gain a 6 months (24 weeks) paid work placement within the BBC. 

Business Disability Forum Members of this organisation are ‘2 ticks’ employers who are positive about employing disabled people; see the list of members here.

Change100 a paid internship programme lasting 3 months with a range of employers with mentoring and guidance provided.

Civil Service – Summer Placement Scheme Offers 6-9 week paid placements to develop skills for Civil Service fast stream entry. 

Even Break - Matches employers who value diversity with disabled candidates

Mindful Employer Includes a Charter of Employers who are positive about mental health and working towards a set of principles: 

Remploy Employment service offering employment advice, training and placements for disabled people, including CV and application help and advice on disclosure and benefits. 

Scope Employment Service Provides access to employment services for disabled people. 

Government Initiatives

Access to work

Helps pay for practical support to assist disabled individuals seeking or in employment, such as:

  • Support and equipment at work
  • Help towards transport costs if public transport not accessible to the individual.
  • Finance to support an individual at the interview stage.

Check if you qualify for Access to Work online

Work choice This supports disabled individuals whose needs cannot be met through Access to Work. 

Legislation

The Equality Act 2010 protects jobseekers and employees from discrimination on the basis of disability.

See the Disability Service webpages for more information about the support and advice you can receive as a University of Bradford student.