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Access To Work and ADHD

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Introduction to Access To Work

Access To Work is a UK government programme that provides grants up to £62,900 per annum to support people with a physical or mental health condition or disability to take up or stay in work.

People with ADHD qualify. This is therefore a significant resource in funding support.

An Access to Work grant can pay for practical support to help with:

  • starting work
  • staying in work
  • moving into self-employment or start a business (but not to cover start-up costs)

It can provide significant life-changing support for people with ADHD. It is open to all – regardless of being in employment or not, part time or full time and of total salary. If you Getting an Access to Work grant won’t affect any other benefits you receive and doesn’t have to be paid back. You or your employer may need to pay some costs up front and claim them back later.

The only caveat to the above is that it is focused on helping you in the workplace, or get into the workplace, it is therefore not available for those who are unable to work or who are retired.

What  support can I apply for?

An Access To Work grant can provide funding for practical support with your work. The generic list they provides is:

  • support and equipment in your workplace
  • adapting equipment to make it easier for you to use
  • money towards any extra travel costs or to adapt your vehicle
  • an interpreter or other support at a job interview if you have difficulty communicating
  • other practical help at work, such as a job coach or a note taker or lip speaker

The following are accomodations that we are aware people with ADHD have successfully asked for:

  • ADHD Coaching
  • Noise cancelling headphones
  • Significant workplace support (a recent substancial award we heard of was someone to help with the filing aspects of a job. The award was a half full-time equivalent (so 2.5 days a week) to come in and assist in filing.

The process

When you apply for Access To Work support, you fill in an application and if accepted go through an assessment process where the support you receive is tailored to you. You should be offered assistance to develop a support plan for your workplace, which might include:

  • flexible working patterns to accommodate changes in mood and impact of medication
  • providing a mentor to give you additional support at work
  • giving you additional time to complete certain tasks
  • providing you with additional training
  • regular meetings between you and your manager to talk about your concerns
  • a phased return to work, such as reduced hours or fewer days

Access to Work partners will also work with your employer to advise them how best they can support you in the workplace.  Your employer should be putting in reasonable accommodations in place as well. Any costs are intially paid for by your employer and then refunded from the government. You will therefore need to speak to your employer about your ADHD.

What do I need to qualify?

Access to Work does not require a diagnosis for you to get assistance, however, having a diagnosis significantly helps (and as a charity we have heard of claims being refused in the absence of a diagnosis). ADHD is listed as a mental health disability in the Mental Health Act (1990).

To qualify for Access To Work support, you must fulfil the following four criteria, you must: 

  • have a physical or mental health condition or disability that means you need support to do your job or get to and from work,
  • be 16 or over
  • be in paid work (or be about to start or return to paid work in the next 12 weeks), even when working from home
  • be employed or self-employed
  • live and work (or be about to start or return to work) in England, Scotland or Wales. You cannot get Access to Work if you live in the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man. There’s also a different system in Northern Ireland 

There are different criteria for job interview support, which you can find on this dedicated government webpage.  

This is an ongoing programme, which means you can access support for a period of three years before your situation is reviewed.

How do I apply?

Go to the gov.uk/access-to-work where you can check your eligibility and to fill in an application.

What happens after I apply?

You will be contacted by a assessor for Access To Work. They generally are employees of contractors to the government to provide Access to Work assessment. You’ll have a conversation / interview about your individual work circumstances, what you do in your job and how your condition(s) affects your work to decide the best support to offer you.

The assessor might need to speak to your employer or ask to view your workplace environment. Any funding needs to be approved first and your employer generally pays first and then gets reimbursed.

The Report & Award

The best way to understand the report is to read one. A generous supporter of ADHD UK has kindly agreed to allow us to publish their anonymised report.

Click the neighbouring report picture panel or click here to view it.

 

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Further Reading – Internal Assessor’s Guidance

You can learn more about the detail of the implementation of Access to Work by reading the government staff guidance. This is the guidance that the assessors themselves use. You can access the online version here. Or click the image to the right or click here to download the pdf version.

 

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You can help us! We need your opinions of the support options given…

We are building a platform for ADHD people reviews. To allow you to know what other people similar to you also value. Finding you those things that truly make a difference to your life.

Once we have enough data you’ll be able to search and see what works for people like you (options including age, gender, job type and more). Once we’ve got even more data we’ll be able to use your personal results curve to show you products, strategies and ideas that others with a similar curve also rate highly. It’s a revolution in personalised strategies.

Right now we’re in beta and below are our very first rating widgets. Please help us help you and the millions with ADHD by providing your ratings below. Rating requires an account. If you don’t yet have one click here to make one. If you have an account you can login here.

 

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PLEASE ENTER SOME ANSWERS (ANY ANSWER!) TO HELP US EVALUATE HOW IT IS WORKING.

To input answers you either need to open an account or log in to your pre-existing account. Accounts for our store also work here. 

If you find an issue, or have ideas how this could be better, please use our contact us page.

Ideas that have been submitted to us for you to consider:

The Remarkable 2 notepad. An e-paper notepad that allows you to take electronic notes without the distractions often present if you use a computer.

JoinStimuli.com an app providing learning, therapy and mentoring.

If you work from home considering asking for a printer to allow you to work off printed documents if that helps you. You may also need a shredder and certainly a recycling bin!

If you work for home and your home environment is not what you need, and/or you need a seperation from home, consider asking for the rental costs of a nearby local office.

If your office environment isn’t quiet considering asking your employer what the cost to them is of providing you with what you do need is (perhaps a private office). You can then ask for that. There may be a discussion on whether that is a reasonable accommodation (and therefore paid for by employer) or should be paid for by Access to Work.

 

 

Help us improve this information/ Further Resources

Have you had experience of Access To Work? Share it with us on our ADHD UK Access To Work research survey.

If you are willing to allow us to anonymise and potentially post your Access to Work document please send it to us here. These really help us and other ADHD people understand the process. 

Check out our Welfare at work pack information as well on initiating a conversation about ADHD in the workplace.