Career and job support if you have a disability
Get help finding and staying in work if you have a disability or health condition.
Get specialist advice
It is illegal to discriminate against someone with a disability. But many disabled people still face challenges getting into and staying in the workplace.
If you're facing difficulties in your career because of a disability or health condition, specialist advice may help you to:
- understand your legal rights at work
- get support to reach your career goals
- explore your options
- find out about funding and support schemes like Access to Work
- find support that meets your specific needs
- access professionals like mentors, advocates and disability advisers
Many UK employers are committing to creating more inclusive workplaces through Disability Confident.
Many charities are experts in understanding the challenges of a specific disability. They may be able to give you practical support to:
- find Disability Confident employers near you
- search for job opportunities and get help with the recruitment process
- disclose your disability during the job application process, at the best time for you
- ask for reasonable adjustments in the workplace
Other organisations who offer support
You can find more specialist advice on careers and work for people with a disability from:
Help for the right stage of your career
Some organisations offer support for different age groups, to support you at different stages of your career.
School and college leavers
- Contact for families with disabled children - further education advice for children with a disability
- UCAS – advice for disabled students on applying to university
- Government guidance for young people with disabilities to find and stay in work
Students and graduates
- The Association of Disabled Professionals – employment and self-employment advice
- Blind in Business - help for blind and partially sighted students to prepare for and find jobs
- EmployAbility – student and graduate job seeking advice, internships and graduate schemes for people with a disability
Help for a specific disability
You can find tailored help for your circumstances, and for the challenges of a particular disability or health condition.
- Scope support to work - advice for every stage of your job search
- Mencap - support to access and stay in work
Specific learning disabilities
- National Autistic Society - advice for people with autism to find and stay in work
- Ambitious about autism - breaking down barriers at work for autistic people
- British Dyslexia Association – looking for work advice if you have dyslexia
- The Dyspraxia Society - guidance on coping with dyspraxia in the workplace
- Mind back-to-work support - advice on managing your money and getting back into work
- MacMillan Cancer support - help with work if you have or have had cancer
- MS Society – employment and skills advice for living and working with MS
There are many other organisations that may offer tailored support near you. Speak to a careers adviser for more details.