Are you an HR professional?

Would you like to provide additional support to your staff?

Did you know the Access to Work Grant Scheme could fund 100% of the support required?

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Access to Work Grant Scheme

Access to Work is a government-funded grant scheme to help people with disabilities - and those with a physical or mental health condition - to start or stay in work.

The grant can help pay for specialist software - such as our very own Read&Write software, adapted equipment, a support worker or travel expenses to and from work depending on the needs of the employee.

The level of funding depends on the size of your business.

Small Businesses

Small businesses generally don’t pay anything - Access to Work will normally meet 100% of the costs of any adaptations, equipment or training for small businesses (less than 50 employees).

Medium-sized businesses

Medium-sized businesses may have to meet a small proportion of the cost - for existing employees only.  You will only have to share the cost for special aids and equipment, or adaptations to premises or equipment.  Access to Work normally covers 100% of the cost of travel and support workers.

In all cases, Access to Work normally pays grants of up to 100% for any new employees (someone who has been in the role for 6 weeks or less).

How to claim

Employee checks eligibility and applies online

DWP refers employee for an assessment and, with employee permission, contacts the employer to notify them of the application

Once approved, the employer arranges the agreed support and claims the cost back

Get support in work from Access to Work if you have a disability or health condition

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Application approved by Access to Work? Order your copy of Read&Write here

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Need more information before you apply? See all the relevant information you need right here

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Talk to our team today

Do you have a question about Access to Work?

Our team of customer relationship experts have years of experience with this grant scheme and are happy to support you in any way they can.

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How can Access to Work help me?

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One in five people in the UK has a disability.

It’s in your best interest to have a workforce that’s reflective of the community you serve. This means that ideally, your workforce should include around 20% of people with disabilities.

There are people with disabilities in your workplace, how well are they supported?

8.1M

8.1 million people (19%) of the working age population have a disability

4.2M

4.2 million (53.2%) are currently in employment

10% increase

The number of people with disabilities in employment is increasing at a faster rate (10%) than the number of people without disabilities (6%).

2027 target

UK government are aiming to get one million more people with disabilities in work by 2027

1% of people with disabilities

36,240 people in FY 2018/19 received an access to work grant - that’s a shockingly low 1% of people with disabilities who are in employment are benefiting from the additional support available through Access to Work

 

Employer benefits

  • Widens your talent pool when recruiting
  • Creates a workforce that’s reflective of the diverse audiences you serve
  • Unlocks hidden talent and increases creativity and innovative thinking
  • Removes barriers to working smarter and more productively 
  • Gives you competitive advantage and enhances reputation - companies that are inclusive have a 2.3x higher cash flow per employee
  • Financial support - funding up to 100% of the total cost of support recommended

Our software supports people with disabilities in the workplace

Read&Write, is our inclusive software that gives all staff the individualised support they need.

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It’s a handy toolbar that integrates seamlessly with all the applications staff already use and can be customised to suit individual needs and preferences.

It helps individuals with neurodiverse conditions that are often invisible, like dyslexia, autism, Asperger’s, dyspraxia, and ADHD, to become more productive in the workplace.

96% of illnesses are invisible and 60% of people with a chronic invisible illness are aged between 18-64 (working age)

Licencing Options

You can purchase a single copy of Read&Write on a three year term for an individual through the Access to Work scheme or you can contact us directly to discuss group and enterprise licencing options that are more inclusive and may even be more cost-effective.

Talk to us about our licencing options.

Celebrating 24 years with Access to Work

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  • We have been supplying Read&Write through Access to Work for 24 years
  • Over 2,000 new Read&Write licences are sold every year through Access to Work
  • Read&Write is the most recommended software by Access to Work assessors for people with dyslexia

Get support in work from Access to Work if you have a disability or health condition

Apply Now

Application approved by Access to Work? Order your copy of Read&Write here

Order Now

Need more information before you apply? See all the relevant information you need right here

Learn More

Customers using Read&Write through Access to Work

“Texthelp are also great partners to work with - there’s a genuine enthusiasm for supporting every individual’s literacy journey that goes far beyond choosing the right technology.”
Jamie English, Hands-Free Computing Hands Free Computing Logo
“My dyslexia has always made some quite specific things tricky while I’m writing, like getting word endings correct. As soon as I discovered Read&Write I found it a really big help….”
Charlotte, Derby City Council employee Derby City Council
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FAQs

What is the Access to Work Grant Scheme?

Access to Work is a government-funded grant scheme to help people with disabilities - and those with a physical or mental health condition - to start or stay in work. Learn more about the scheme.

How can the Access to Work Grant Scheme help me?

Access to Work can help pay for support you may need because of a disability or long term health conditions. Learn more about the support provided.

Is everyone eligible?

Not everyone is eligible. For example, you can apply for Access to Work if you are normally resident in, and working in, Great Britain. Learn more about who’s eligible.

Are there exceptions?

You might not get Access to Work if you get certain benefits. Learn more about the exceptions.

What support can Access to Work provide?

The grant will only cover the support needed to let you stay in work. See examples of what the grant can pay for.

Can I bring my Access to Work provision from my old job to my new job?

If you change employers, you may be able to transfer equipment to your new employer. Learn more about changing jobs.

How can I claim an Access to Work grant?

You can apply online, call JobCentre Plus, or write directly to Access to Work. Get the contact details here.

What will I need to make a claim?

When you contact the Access to Work team, there are a number of things you may need such as your National Insurance number. Learn more about what you need to make a claim.

How does Read&Write software help people with disabilities at work?

Read&Write, is inclusive software from Texthelp, that gives all staff the individualised support they need. Learn more about Read&Write