Specialist help and support - Supporting disabled people at work

Specialist help and support

Specialist help and support is available for anyone who's managing a disability at work or supporting others.

Employment law or workplace advice

For any work-related problems or questions around disability, employees and employers can:

For employees

If you're disabled and think you're being discriminated against or unfairly dismissed, you can:

If you're thinking about leaving work:

For employers

Employers can:

Access to Work

Access to Work is a government scheme that can help people with a physical or mental health condition or disability to get or stay in work. Someone might be eligible for:

  • a grant to help pay for practical support with work
  • advice about managing mental health at work

Find out more about Access to Work

Business Disability Forum

Business Disability Forum is a not for profit membership organisation that helps employers support disabled staff and customers.

Find out more about Business Disability Forum

Disability Confident employer scheme

Disability Confident is a government scheme to help employers recruit, retain and develop disabled people.

Find out more about the Disability Confident employer scheme

Support for specific disabilities

Help with work from Macmillan Cancer – for people who have or had cancer and employers

Learning disability employment services from Mencap – for people with a learning disability and employers

Mental health support from Mind – advice and support, including a legal advice line

Advice on specific conditions on GOV.UK – advice and support for a wide range of health conditions and disabilities

Emotional support

Some employers offer support through work, for example:

  • counselling or mental health support through an employee assistance programme (EAP)
  • staff support networks – for example a disability network
  • a mentoring scheme to support disabled people

If you need someone else to talk to, you can contact:

Training and tailored support for employers

Acas offers tailored support for employers to address specific challenges in an organisation.

Our training for employers and managers includes:

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