Links to sites relating to employment

Access to Work. “As well as giving advice and information to disabled people and employers, AtW pays a grant … towards any extra employment costs that result from a disability.”

We can get some help towards costs of special equipment, such as assisted listening devices, stethoscopes and telecommunications equipment, and support workers such as note-takers, lip-speakers and interpreters to sign, for example.

The Department of Work and Pensions website doesn’t give a lot of information so this link is to information on the Action on Hearing Loss website.

Access to Work guide for employers. Department for Work & Pensions factsheet also useful for workers as it includes some information I haven’t easily found elsewhere.

Your rights at work: equality act and Access to Work. Information on HearingLink website

The Equlity Act 2010 – a guide for employees. A factsheet from Action on Hearing Loss.  Explains “reasonable adjustments,” mentioning Access to Work and including some examples. Explains rights at various stages of employment, the different types of discrimination and how to begin addressing problems.

Forum for OTs with disabilities. This excellent website includes information that will be useful for those of us in other professions as well as OTs. Packed with helpful links and resources. Includes a discussion forum for OTs with disabilities. There are links to resources about employment and training.

Reasonable adjustments in nursing and midwifery. A literature review. NMC March 2009.

Guidance for mentors of nursing students and midwives. An RCN toolkit.

GMC. The GMC requires any doctor whose health might put patients at risk to follow advice from an occupational health department. Go to the ethical guidance section of their website and click on “guidance,” “Good Medical Practice” and “Health.”

Association of Lipspeakers. A lipspeaker is a hearing person trained to repeat a speaker’s message to lipreaders accurately, without using their voice. A lipspeaker may be employed to aid communication between lipreaders and hearing people in a range of situations such as education and training, conferences and meetings, job interviews.

National registers of  communication professionals working with deaf and deafblind people. A list of qualified and professionally accredited sign language interpreters, lipspeakers, notetakers and speech-to-text reporters. Searchable by locality.

Southern Engines, Tony (porka911t@aol.com)

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