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Government support when employing disabled people

Access to Work support is simply brilliant - it means I can just get on with my job without worrying that the additional costs I incur because of my disability will cause a problem for my employers.

You can get financial support from the Government to cover most of the access costs of employing a disabled person through a scheme called Access to Work.

Access to Work is a service to support disabled people in work, operated through jobcentreplus. It offers practical advice and help in a flexible way that can be tailored to suit the needs of an individual in a particular job – and that includes covering the additional costs of employing a disabled person due to access needs.

You can find out more from:

www.direct.gov.uk/en/DisabledPeople/Employmentsupport/WorkSchemesAndProgrammes/DG_4000347

Shape, a disability arts organisation in London have a section of their website dedicated to Access to Work and the arts, from both the individual and the organisational perspective:

http://www.shapeartists.org.uk/ArtistsResource/index.asp?PageID=72

This information is also available from Shape in a printed format.