Access to Work (AtW) is a publicly funded employment support programme that provides financial support to help more disabled people start or stay in work.
It can fund:
It will also fund Deaf Awareness Training for the team – so that colleagues can gain a clear understanding of how to work alongside and communicate with a deaf person. This really helps in creating an inclusive workplace.
The biggest challenge that deaf people face in the workplace, is communicating with colleagues.
Whether this is an informal chat in the hallway about the progress of a project being worked on, attending virtual and face-to-face meetings, or missing deadlines and key information.
Deaf people can often miss out on all of these additional pieces of information – and are therefore left behind.
We support both deaf employees and employers through the entire process by:
– Understanding the needs of the deaf employee in their working environment
– Providing expert support when applying for an Access to Work (AtW) grant
– Implementing the support within the business
– Providing Deaf Awareness Training (DAT)
We use our experience and ask the right questions and understand the job description, how the role fits within the business and what communication happens on a regular basis. This helps to make sure the right support is in place.
Based on this information, we make recommendations on what would work in the workplace and we can if applicable, refer onto other complimentary businesses and organisations to create a wholly inclusive working environment.
Applying for Access to Work can be a complicated process, so we provide first-hand support throughout the application process.
We work with Deaf people directly, whether they be employed or self-employed.
And with businesses large and small:
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