New Disabled ‘Passport’ To Help Disabled Graduates Find Employment
The government has launched a new Access to Work Adjustment Passport to help disabled
people make the transition from university into the world of work, reducing the need for
repeated health assessments when starting a new job.
Part of the National Disability Strategy, the pilot scheme is being rolled out at the University
of Wolverhampton and Manchester Metropolitan University.
Students already receiving extra support while at university will be offered a passport, which
captures information about their condition and the adjustments they’re already benefiting
from, so that repetitive disclosures won’t have to be made when applying for grants.
Through the Access to Work scheme, disabled people can apply for grants of up to £62,900,
which can be used to cover the cost of specialist equipment that may be required to help them do their jobs.
Up to 100 students at each university will be supported through the pilot scheme and it’s
possible that thousands more could benefit if it’s implemented nationwide.
This passport is just one of 100 different commitments outlined in the National Disability
Strategy, which was published in July. It’s designed to give people the confidence to have
conversations about their disability with potential employers, which could be challenging
Chloe Smith, minister for disabled people, said: “Everyone deserves an equal opportunity to
thrive at work, starting from the moment they take their first steps on the career ladder.
“By working with the University of Wolverhampton and Manchester Metropolitan University
on this trial, we can find the best way for these new passports to support their students into
Earlier this year, a new advice hub was also created to help disabled people gain a deeper
understanding of their employment rights, with other measures also being brought forward to
promote flexible working, introduce carers’ leave and explore more support for disabled
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