Resources and useful links
HSE and the Disability Rights Commission commissioned research to establish the nature and extent of the problem of health and safety requirements being used as a 'false excuse' for not employing or continuing to employ disabled people or people with an injury or ill-health condition. The research was prepared and published in 2003.
Access to Work – an Access to Work grant can help to pay for practical support if you have a disability, health or mental health condition.
Work Choice – can help you get and keep a job if you’re disabled and find it hard to work.
Office for Disability Issues (ODI) – supports the development of policies to remove inequality between disabled and non-disabled people.
Through the Disability Confident campaign, the Government is working with employers to remove barriers, increase understanding and ensure that disabled people have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.
Fulfilling Potential: Improving the lives of disabled people – find out more about the Government's view of a society where disabled people can realise their aspirations and fulfil their potential.
Government’s proposals for improving employment support for disabled people and those with health conditions - find out more.
Read the code of practice on the statutory special educational needs and disability (SEND) system for children and young people aged 0 to 25 years
Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)
Equality Act Code of Practice on Employment contains information at chapter 5 on discrimination arising from disability and at chapter 6 on the duty to make reasonable adjustments.
There is also more general guidance for employers about their responsibilities under the Equality Act.
- Arbitration Conciliation and Advisory Service (ACAS) - provide advice on rights and responsibilities at work, including disability discrimination.
- British Association for Supported Employment (BASE) - is the national trade association representing hundreds of agencies involved in securing employment for people with disabilities.
- Business Disability Forum - is a not-for-profit member organisation that makes it easier and more rewarding to do business with and employ disabled people.
- Disability Action Alliance - A cross sector network of organisations committed to making a difference to the lives of disabled people by designing and delivering innovative changes and identifying and spreading good practice, especially at local level.
- Disability Rights UK - works to create a society where everyone with lived experience of disability or health conditions can participate as full citizens.
- Fit for Work - offers free, expert and impartial work-related health advice to help you to support both staff in work and those who are off sick.
- Business Disability Forum - brings together business people, disabled opinion leaders and government to ensure that disabled people are treated fairly and can contribute to business success.
- Macmillan Cancer Support - provides support and information about work and cancer for people affected by cancer, and employers.