Disabilities in the workplace

If you are applying for a job or already working you have rights as a disabled person.

There is no legal obligation for you to disclose a disability unless it is likely to affect your performance or ability to meet the job requirements – including your ability to work safely and ensure the safety of co-workers. The benefits of talking about your disability is creating an open relationship with your employer and having more control over the support you get.

Getting support in the workplace

An Access to Work grant can pay for practical support if you have a disability, health or mental health condition. This can help you:

  • start work
  • stay in work
  • move into self-employment or start a business

The grant is not for business start-up costs and how much you get depends on your circumstances. The money doesn’t have to be paid back and will not affect your other benefits. Find out more about Access to Work  

A ‘reasonable adjustment’ is a change or adaptation to the working environment that removes or minimises the impact of the your disability in the workplace so you are able to do your job, or apply for a job, without being at a disadvantage. 

The purpose of an adjustment is to ensure that you are able to perform to the best of your ability. Adjustments are made to ensure that you can perform the role, as well as to demonstrate and fulfil your potential. Read the government advice on reasonable adjustments for workers with disabilities or health conditions.