Access to Work

Support for disabled and dyslexic people in the workplace

Clear Links support workers are available nationwide

Clear Links has supported more than 25,000 disabled people in education and the workplace since 2006. Users satisfaction with the service has been consistently at or above 99% in the past three years. This support can be funded by the Access to Work programme or by an employer. If you are disabled or dyslexic and in full time employment you may be eligible for a support worker or Job Coach.

Disabled interns and trainees benefiting from a Department for Education (DfE) supported internship programme or BIS traineeship may also qualify for Access to Work funding.

This page contains information about Clear Links’ Access to Work service and how it can support disabled people with their skills, confidence and independence in the workplace.

Who is it for?

Any worker, intern or trainee with autism, a mental health condition or a specific learning difference (such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, dyscalculia and dysgraphia) can benefit from the support.

Access to Work offers financial assistance to employers to cover the full cost of providing a support worker in the workplace. If you are an employer and looking for further information regarding Access to Work support for one of your employees, please contact us.

Self-employed people or people considering setting up a business may also be entitled to Access to Work support.

Eligibility criteria are set by the Department for Work and Pensions and can be found on the gov.uk website.

What support is available?

Our Job Coach role encompasses:

  • Developing in the role: Our Job Coach will help clients identify skills and knowledge required to do the job. They can also suggest strategies for performing tasks efficiently and effectively.
  • Progressing in the role: Our Job Coach will support and encourage employees to become as independent as possible.

Starting a new job is an exciting and often life changing experience. Our support workers can help disabled people achieve their full potential through mentoring and confidence building.

They can also be helpful to facilitate dialogue with the employer about specific aspects of a particular condition or impairment. This can make the integration of the new worker easier and make transitional issues manageable for both the employer and the employee.

Other support may include roles such as:

  • Note Taker
  • Job Aide
  • Personal Reader
  • Travel Buddy
How can I get this support?

Providing you are eligible, you can apply for Access to Work by following this link:

https://www.gov.uk/access-to-work/apply

Or by telephone:

Telephone: 0800 121 7479

Text phone: 0800 121 7579

You should work with your employer to determine the most appropriate steps to take. Should you be unsure as to which support is most suitable for your circumstances, please contact us or contact your Job Centre Plus adviser who will be able to assist you.

If you are a student in Further or Higher Education considering a DfE supported internship or a BIS Traineeship, contact your Disability Advisor or Careers Service at your university or college for more details.

You can also find further information here:

I am a disabled worker

I am a student considering a supported internship or traineeship

I am an employer of a disabled worker

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