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My Disability and Me: Getting Back to a Work Environment

By 24th March 2016June 22nd, 2017Disability, Diversity
You can get back to work after disability

You can get back to work after disability

Disability benefits have been in the news recently, and not for the first time. The media bias against disabled people can be harsh, and often, unjustified. We know that the vast majority of disabled people would rather be working than on benefits, and many people succeed in realising their dream.

So  what can you do to get back to work? Here are my tips.

Looking for Jobs

After long-term sickness or injury, getting back to work can be daunting. But if you’re driven, and you know what you want to do, you have a great chance of success.

You might need to look at a new role, if you can’t do the job you did before. See this as a positive opportunity for a fresh start. In some cases, you might be able to do the same job, or take on additional training to get you ready for the workplace.

Make sure that you have identified your ‘unique selling point’: what is it about you that sets you apart from all the other job seekers.  Sometimes it may even be your disability which gives you an advantage over other non-disabled job seekers.  Never be afraid to use your disability to your advantage.

All of this preparation can be a real confidence booster. If you take the right route to employment, you will have the very best knowledge and a fully up-to-date set of skills, making you the best candidate for the job regardless of any physical or mental impairment. From there, all you need to do is get started with your job search.

Sources of Support

Never  worry about your disability preventing you from getting work. There are all kinds of sources of help available to you, including financial support, interpreters and special equipment. Don’t worry if your disability is invisible. This won’t affect the support you can get.

In some cases, your employer may make changes to the working environment to make it easier for you to move around. Additionally, you might be able to get money towards the cost of transport.

If you’re over 16, you have a good chance of getting help with interviews or jobs.

Your Job Centre can refer you sources of support who can assess your needs and help you to decide what kind of jobs to go for.

There are also grants to help you when you first start your new job. This could help you to pay for transport, or even the cost of a support worker who will help you at work. You can’t get help if you’re starting your own business, though. The rules can be complicated, so ask your local Job Centre for information.

How We can Help

Luminate is an experienced provider of lifestyle skills. We can help to lift your confidence, help you to capitalise on your strengths and find ways to tap into the support that’s out there. We work with people from all walks of life, and we’d love to support you in getting back to work and realising your true potential. Don’t hesitate to contact us today to find out about the services we offer.