What reasonable adjustments can I expect from my employer?

Employers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments. This is the way in which employers can support disabled staff to carry out their jobs. There are many different sorts of reasonable adjustments, examples include:

  • Providing equipment (such as a video magnifier)
  • Providing software (such as ZoomText/JAWS/Supernova)
  • Changing the working environment (altering lighting levels)
  • Changing procedures (medical appointments about someone's disability are recorded as 'disability-related leave' rather than sick leave) or enabling someone to bring her assistance dog into the workplace (there may be some limitations e.g. in a hospital, to comply with infection control requirements)
  • Making changes to a job description to reassign some duties to other staff
  • Providing a support worker.

Further information about reasonable adjustments can be found on RNIB's Equality and Employment webpages.

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