Access to work for those with hearing impairment – expert advice from Carly Renaud at Deafinite Interpreters LtdClick here to view the transcript
There is plenty of support available for any employer who is considering taking on a Deaf member of staff.
Applying the right tactics and utilising the available avenues of support means that hiring a Deaf person should be no more challenging than hiring a hearing person with equivalent qualification, skills and experience.
Access to Work is a Government funded scheme delivered by JobCentre Plus which gives practical advice and support to disabled people to enable them to start working, stay in work or start their own business.
Access to Work supports employers in meeting their obligation under the Equalities Act 2010 to make and anticipate reasonable adjustments for disabled employees and to ensure that they are in no way disadvantaged.
The scheme will provide funding for communication support for a Deaf applicant in the form of a registered qualified interpreter during an interview process, throughout any induction period and for the term of the employment for situations such as team meetings, performance evaluations, job training and even important social functions.
Access to Work will also pay a proportion of costs relating to any special equipment that may be required i.e. vibrating pager, and/or flashing fire alarm, to be purchased and installed as part of the reasonable adjustments.
There is no limit to the amount of the contribution that Access to Work will make and each case is individually assessed based on the applicants specific needs.
For any Deaf employee to be eligible for Access to Work they must be over 16 years old, be in or about to start paid employment, live and work in Great Britain and not in receipt of any Incapacity Benefit or Employment Support Allowance.
If you would like to know more about Access to Work and how it could help you and your employee(s) there is further information on the DirectGov website including contact details for the Cardiff office which deals with claims and enquiries from the Southwest.