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Confusion about the purpose of Access to Work

The aim of Access to Work is supposed to be enabling people who are disabled under the Equality Act 2010 to work to their full ability and potential. It should minimise inequalities between them and non-disabled colleagues, increasing their capacity to contribute to society.

But Access to Work now says employers have a responsibility to pay for some communication support. It is not clear whether employers are aware of this. It is not clear if an employer’s duty to make reasonable adjustments includes funding communication support for deaf or deafblind staff.

Access to Work is also starting to refuse claims for support at job interviews. This reduces access to employment for deaf people.

In some cases, Access to Work are even saying deaf or deafblind people should revisit their role change what they do. It has been suggested some of their responsibilities should be transferred to their hearing colleagues.