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Getting into work can be difficult when you have a disability, but it’s important to remember that all employers have a duty to remove the barriers that you face because of you being disabled.

If you’re looking to get back into work, we’ve compiled a full guide to help you – starting from writing a CV, right up until you start at your new place of employment.

Writing a CV

The first step is to write your CV. Having a strong CV is the difference between not hearing back from an employer, and getting an interview. It’s worth spending a little while making a CV that stands out.

Be honest when you’re creating your CV. You don’t necessarily have to mention if you have a disability, but you shouldn’t make things up.

It’s not a legal requirement for you to mention if you have a disability, and in some cases, you may choose not to do so.

The only instances where it may be worth mentioning if you have a disability is;

  • If you require any adjustments during the recruitment process
  • If your disability gives you an advantage over other candidates (e.g. some employers will actively pursue candidates on the Autistic Spectrum)
  • If the employer is offering guaranteed interviews to disabled applicants that meet their criteria

You don’t have to mention your disability when you apply for a job, but if you decide not to, you cannot then make a complaint about discrimination at a later date.

Job hunting

Once you’ve written your CV, it’s time to start looking for work.

Sites like Evenbreak and EmployAbility, as well as charities such as Enham Trust and Scope, specialise in helping disabled people get into work – so they should definitely be your first port of call.

If you’re still struggling, or feel like you need a bit more guidance on where to look, you should speak to a Disability Employment Adviser.

Disability Employment Advisers are employed by the government to advise disabled people on how to look for jobs and where to look, as well as help give guidance on any training and new skills that are available. They can also give you help with government schemes that are available to get disabled people into work.

If you’d like to get in touch with one, contact your local Jobcentre Plus and ask to speak to a Disability Employment Adviser.

Once you’ve started

 There are things that all employers should do, as outlined in the Equality Act 2010. If you’re facing barriers as a result of your disability, all employers must;

  • Change the way things are done in the workplace, e.g. changing your duties to be more accommodating, or allowing for extra rest breaks
  • Make physical changes to the office premises
  • Provide any support that is needed, for example support for work tasks

However, it is important to remember that an employer can only be required to make these changes if they know you have a disability. Therefore, it may be worth approaching your manager or employer to inform them of the situation.