The Topic of the month at IPS International this May is Disability and Employment.
What is a disability?
The definition of disability under the Equality Act 2010 is the following – if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities.
Who can be disabled?
Anyone can. Remember not all disabilities are obvious, for example a person may be considered disabled if they have a hearing impairment, but you may not see any signs of this.
How do the British Values impact on disability?
Democracy – All citizens are equal under the law. No one is above the law.
The Rule of Law – The Rule of Law applies to legislation. The legislation that applies here is the Equality Act 2010.
Individual liberty – Liberty implies equality because individual freedom is for everyone to have equal rights.
Watch the video below for more guidance on disability and employment.
Employment rights and disability
The Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful for an employer to discriminate against disabled people. Employers are also required to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to prevent disabled people being placed at a disadvantage.
Who should you tell if you have a disability?
If you have a disability, it is always wise to make sure your employer knows about this; you may also need to include the workplace first aider, so that if you need help, then they will have some awareness of what to do in an emergency.
What is a reasonable adjustment?
This is something that your employer can do to help make the workplace more suitable for you, for example, if you have a hearing loss and the use of a hearing loop would make things better, they can install one.
If you find stairs difficult to manage, they can either arrange for a lift/stair lift to be available, or they can make arrangements for you to work on the ground floor of the building.
You may also benefit from large print documents, to aid visual impairments or even the use of Braille.
Always make sure you talk to your employer about the reasonable adjustments that would make your working life more comfortable.
WIPS International is a Disability Confident Employer
We are proud to be a disability confident employer and are a committed company that ensures disabled people have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.
Where to get additional support and advice?
If you need any additional help or guidance, please talk to your IPS Trainer or contact one of our IPS Safeguarding Officer who can offer guidance and support and can also refer you other sources.
Recommended websites to visit to find out more information: