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Could you apply for an Access to Work Award?

We’ve talked about Access to Work (ATW) in a previous blog [https://freedomfromtedium.co.uk/2023/09/25/what-is-access-to-work/]. In it we explained how important and useful this funding can be. If you have any disabilities that make your working life more challenging you then ask yourself, could you apply for an Access to Work Award?

What about those of us who are neurodivergent?

Here at Freedom from Tedium we specialise in supporting neurodivergent clients.  Many more people are being recognised as neurodivergent whether that is dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, Autism or something else.  Neurodivergence is a protected characteristic, and we are entitled to reasonable adjustments.

Here are some things to consider when applying for ATW.

Are You eligible?

The ATW scheme is designed to provide support for a wide range of individuals facing challenges either in the workplace or as self-employed business owners.  It is available to people with a disability or long-term health condition that affects their ability to work. This includes those of us who are neurodivergent and those of us with mental health conditions.

We’ve created this infographic to help you to see at a glance if you might be eligible to apply.

The ATW scheme aims to be inclusive and aims to provide equal opportunities in the workplace, regardless of their condition or disability. If you do fit the criteria and would benefit from support, consider applying for an Access to Work grant.

Click Here to get our free download to help you check your eligibility and get applying.

We know that some of us are detail people. If this is you, the government website gives more detailed guidelines – you can have a look by following the link here:

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

Here’s a more detailed list of criteria for eligibility:

Physical Disabilities: This could include mobility issues, coordination difficulties, or any condition that affects physical capability.

Invisible Disabilities: These are disabilities that aren’t immediately obvious. Examples include chronic pain, fatigue, or certain medical conditions.

Sensory Impairments: Blindness or Visual Impairment: People who have difficulty seeing or cannot see at all.

Deafness or Hearing Impairment: People who are hard of hearing or completely deaf, and who might use aids like hearing devices or rely on sign language.

Mental Health Conditions: This can include anxiety and mental health conditions including depression, bipolar disorder, or any other condition affecting one’s ability to work.

Long-Term Health Conditions: These refer to ongoing illnesses that affect daily life and the ability to work, such as heart disease, diabetes, or respiratory conditions.

Respiratory Conditions: Asthma, COPD, or any other conditions affecting the respiratory system.

Cognitive Impairments: can include conditions like traumatic brain injury or certain developmental disorders.

Temporary Conditions: If someone has had an injury or is recovering from a surgery that temporarily impacts their ability to work, they might be eligible for support.

Progressive Conditions: Diseases or disorders that worsen over time, like multiple sclerosis or certain types of muscular dystrophy.

As you have read, Access to Work (ATW) offers invaluable support for those of us facing challenges in the workplace.  If you meet the criteria for eligibility, we encourage you to apply for an Access to Work award. Our infographic and downloadable resources can assist you in determining your eligibility and taking the next steps. Remember, we’re here to support you every step of the way. Feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns. Let’s work together to create a more inclusive and accessible working environment for everyone.