Assistive Technology for you, wherever you work
Who in their daily working lives doesn’t use a computer? Whether it is in the boardroom, the warehouse, the design studio or at the checkout, nearly every occupation requires the use of IT.
But the interface between man and computer can frequently create barriers to effective working. Upper limb disorders and repetitive strain injuries occur frequently at work (375,000 in 2004/5, source: HSE), resulting in lost efficiency and an average of 15 days off due to illness.
We understand the importance of accessible IT
If you have a disability then there are additional challenges in using computers. Your dyslexia, visual impairment or physical limitation may mean using conventional computer equipment is uncomfortable, stressful or impossible!
If you are receiving support through Access to Work or the Work Choice programme we can offer advice, training, and support.
What is Access to Work?
Access to work is a government funded scheme run by Jobcentre Plus that provides people with health problems or a disability with practical support and a grant to help you:
- Start working
- Stay in work
- Move in to self-employment or start your own business
The grant can help to cover the costs that disabled people or those with certain health problems face, when entering employment.
The amount of money you get will depend on your circumstances. You will not have to pay the money back and it will not affect any other benefits you may be in receipt of.
The main stages of a typical Access to Work customer journey are summarised below.
The customer applies for Access to Work provision.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) approves or rejects
the provision after considering the customer’s eligibility and their
employer’s duty to make reasonable adjustments under the Equality
Act 2010. The customer is notified of the decision and a grant may be
approved to cover some or all of the costs of the approved provision.
The customer or their employer commissions the approved provision
and submits invoices relating to approved grants to DWP.
The customer receives the approved and commissioned provision.
DWP pays the invoices relating to approved grants. In some cases a DWP payment is not required, for example because provision can be provided at no cost or the employer covers the relevant costs.
DWP schedules reviews to ensure the provision is still adequate and to check that the customer is still eligible.
Who is eligible?
In order to apply for a grant, you need to meet certain criteria. You need to be:
- Over 16
- About to start a job or already in a job
- About to start a Work Trial arranged by the Jobcentre
- Starting your own business
How can Amano Technologies help me?
Amano supplies support and assistive technology training to overcome these barriers.
Under the Equality Act (Oct 2010) employers have to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ that create an inclusive and equal workplace for all. With the right equipment, people of all abilities can access and achieve in using computers, leading to greater motivation, satisfaction and productivity.
Of course, having the right equipment is only part of the story – understanding how to use it properly is equally important. That is why we also provide training by experienced and accredited trainers, on any equipment supplied.
For more information please call 01822 600060