Your workplace rights

It's your choice whether you discuss your disability and how you choose to talk about it.

You should talk to your employer as soon as you can if you feel that your disability requires some changes to your role including:

  • additional breaks
  • early or late finishes
  • different chairs and desks
  • extra time away from work for hospital appointments.

Remember, your employer should always support you with any reasonable adjustments and support via the Access to Work scheme.

Employer support

Section 20 of the Equality Act 2010 states that an employer must make reasonable adjustments if the physical features of the work premises or the working arrangements are the prohibiting factor to a disabled person gaining or staying in employment.

To find out more:

Access to Work scheme

As well as reasonable adjustments, the Access to Work scheme is available too. The scheme is for anyone over the age of 16, who has a physical, mental health condition or disability that means you need support to do your job or get to and from work.

The scheme can help to:

  • pay for communication support at job interviews
  • pay for practical support with your work
  • give you advice about managing your mental health at work
  • supply BSL interpreters, lip speakers or note takers
  • adapt your vehicle so you can get to work
  • pay for taxi fares or a support worker if you cannot use public transport
  • pay for a support worker or job coach to help you in your workplace.

Find out more about the Access to Work scheme and how it can support you.

Support at work

For additional support and advice, visit Scope's website for: