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What is Access to Work? Everything you need to know

What is Access to Work? Everything you need to know 0


Access to Work (AtW) is a government scheme which funds disability-related support and equipment to help people start or stay in work.

Who is eligible for Access to Work?

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  • If you are disabled or have a long-term physical or mental health condition that impacts your ability to do your job and..
  • You are self employed, employed (including apprenticeship, work experience or an internship) or about to start or return to work and…
  • Aged 16 or over and…
  • Live in England, Scotland or Wales

How much is an Access to Work grant and what does it fund?

That depends on your individual case. The grant only covers the cost of support you need to stay in work or self-employment.

The grant can pay for things like:

  • changes to the equipment you use
  • special equipment such as text to speech software
  • fares to work if you can’t use public transport
  • a support worker or job coach to help you in your workplace (other examples include a strategy coach or BSL interpreter)
  • a mental health support service if you’re finding it difficult to work or absent from work due to a mental health condition
  • disability awareness training for your colleagues
  • someone to help you at a job interview

Will my employer have to pay for any support or equipment I am recommended?

Your employer might be asked to contribute towards the cost of your equipment and support, however this depends on the size of the company you work for, the type of support you need and how long you have been employed by the company

Your employer might be asked to contribute towards the cost of your equipment and support, however this depends on the size of the company you work for, the type of support you need and how long you have been employed by the company

Your employer might be asked to contribute towards the cost of your equipment and support, however this depends on the size of the company you work for, the type of support you need and how long you have been employed by the company

Your employer might be asked to contribute towards the cost of your equipment and support, however this depends on the size of the company you work for, the type of support you need and how long you have been employed by the company

  • NB: If you are Self-Employed, you can get up to 100% funding from AtW

Are you interested in applying for Access to Work, but not sure where to start?

Follow these steps

Alternatively, read through the below guide, for more in-depth guidance:

1. Apply for Access to Work

  • Call 0800 121 7479
  • Relay UK (if you cannot hear or speak on the phone): 18001 then 0800 121 7479
  • Or via the Access to Work website (google ‘Access to Work’ and it’s the first on the list after the ads)



You’ll need to give some information, such as:

  • how your condition affects you in the workplace and what help you think you need
  • what help (if any) you are currently getting
  • workplace address & contact
  • your unique tax reference number (if you’re self-employed)

2. Speak to an Access to Work Advisor

  • An Access to Work advisor will call you within 5 working days (can be longer due to Covid)
  • They will have a brief chat with you, to confirm your details
  • They may also call your employer (with your permission) to discuss how AtW can support you
  • They may refer you for an independent Workplace Needs assessment

3. Have a Workplace Needs Assessment


  • A WPN is an informal meeting between you and a WPN assessor
  • The assessment is carried out either at your place of work or via the telephone/via video conferencing call.
  • The assessor will ask you about your job and what it involves
  • They will ask you to describe the barriers and challenges you experience in the workplace

4. Confirm Access to Work Funding

  • After the assessment, the advisor with write a report which may include recommendations to reduce the barriers you are experiencing in the workplace.
  • The assessor sends the report to the AtW advisor to put together a funding case for AtW to consider.
  • If you get an offer of support, it could include a grant to cover part or the full cost of any equipment or support.
  • If it does, you and your employer will receive an Award Letter from AtW, telling you how much you’ll get and for how long the grant is valid.
  • You must sign and date the letter and send it back to AtW via post in order to confirm that you accept the grant (the grant will not be paid if you do not send this signed declaration back to AtW).

5. Order

  • Congratulations! You’re nearly there…
  • It’s now time for your employer to order and purchase any equipment or support approved in the award letter
  • Dyslexia Box can supply all equipment, coaching and training on request
  • You will receive claim forms to fill in and send back to AtW with the receipts
  • AtW will reimburse the employer the full/part cost of equipment and support, once AtW receive the claim forms


Article by Dr Deborah Leveroy, Neurodiversity & Inclusion Lead, Dyslexia Box


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Assistive Tech Giveaway for Dyslexia Awareness Week 2020


To celebrate Dyslexia Awareness Week 2020, we're giving one lucky person the chance to win a Microsoft Surface Go and a copy of Dragon Professional Individual v15 worth £800!


For your chance to win simply repost our giveaway post on either Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.


Here's how to enter:

  • Be a follower or begin to follow Dyslexia Box on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn
  • Like the Giveaway post
  • Leave a comment tagging 3 of your friends or colleagues


Here's the links to our social channels:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/dyslexia-box

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DyslexiaBox

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dyslexiabox/


Competition Terms & Conditions below:

This competition is in no way endorsed or sponsored by the social media channels it is posted on.

No purchase necessary.

You must be 18 years or older to enter and living within the United Kingdom.

This competition is being run across multiple social media channels with only 1 winner being chosen from all entries across all channels.

The winner will be chosen at random from qualifying entries that meet the entrance criteria.

The competition will run from Tuesday 6th October until 18:00 GMT Tuesday 13th October 2020.

The organiser reserves the right to extend the competition period without prior notice.

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The Solution is here. Speech Recognition for Mac.

After announcing the exciting news that there is new advanced speech recognition software for Mac, we have received so much positive feedback we thought you would like to see it in action.


On Thursday 8th October at 10:30 am we will be hosting a free webinar with Ed McCann from TalkType.


In this short webinar you will be able to see just how accurate TalkType Dictation is and why we feel it's one of the most exciting new assistive technology products we've seen for a long time.


Places on this webinar are limited so we recommend you sign up early to avoid disappointment.


As always with our webinars, if you can't make the date, you will be emailed a recording of the webinar to watch at a more convenient time. But you must register.

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The Solution is here. Speech Recognition for Mac.

We are delighted to announce the release of TalkType Dictation, advanced speech recognition software for Apple computers and smartphones.


TalkType is a brand new piece of software which provides off-line, accurate dictation, and voice activated computer control using Apple computers. The application was designed to support the large numbers of people using Mac computers who would have otherwise benefited from speech recognition software such as Dragon.


It's been two years since Nuance discontinued Dragon for Mac. This left a huge gap for owners of Apple computers who relied on Dragon for Mac as their 'go to' speech recognition solution.


Talk Type Dictation will change the way you use your Apple computer.


Increased Productivity

Put your voice to work to create reports, e-mails, forms and more with the TalkType Legal. You can now dictate and transcribe faster and more accurately than ever before, and spend less time on documentation and more time on activities that boost the bottom line.

Leading Professional Dictation Software

Professional Quality

Highly accurate dictation software designed to help you be more productive at work.


Works directly with Microsoft Office, Google Docs, iWork and many other applications.

Works on Mac

Designed to work perfectly with your Mac.

Value for Money

Cost effective one time license with no mandatory ongoing subscription.

Highly Secure

Works offline directly on your Mac with your data staying with you.

Voice Commands

Comes with hundreds of voice commands right out of the box.

See TalkType Professional in Action

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Over the past few months we've held a number of webinars in partnership with our friends over at the Dyslexia Show. We were blown away by the sheer number of people attending, with most of the webinars having around 500 attendees.


This got us thinking that this was the perfect time for us to launch a YouTube channel so that we could put all of content up on a platform that was both free and easy to access.


The Dyslexia Box YouTube channel was born...



What will you find on our channel?


Through our partnership with The Dyslexia Show we've already built up a number of great videos, covering a range of subjects, including:

  • Microsoft - Our Continued Story on Disability Inclusion, with Michael Vermeersch, Microsoft
  • Dyslexia, Tech & The World of Work, with Neil Milliken, Atos
  • Working from Home - Accessibility and Assistive Technology, with Arran Smith, The Dyslexia Show
  • Making the Most of Dragon Professional in the Workplace, with Darren Maundrell, ORdigiNAL
  • What is Dyslexia and how can assistive technology help?, with Arran Smith, The Dyslexia Show

There are a number of other videos from Claro Software, Olympus, enei, Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue and OrCam.


All of the webinars on our channel are CPD Accredited. Contact us if you would like to receive a CPD Accredited Certificate.


Remember to subscribe to our channel so you don't miss any of the great webinars we'll be releasing over the coming months.


Dyslexia Box Awarded Disability Confident Leader Status 0


We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded Disability Confident Leader status by the Department for Work and Pensions.

As a Disability Confident Leader we are looking forward to helping other organisations along the journey to becoming Disability Confident.



The Benefits of being Disability Confident...


Join over 18,000 organisations that have signed up. Disability Confident organisations play a leading role in changing attitudes for the better. They’re changing behaviour and cultures in their own businesses, networks and communities, and reaping the benefits of inclusive recruitment practices.

The scheme helps employers recruit and retain great people, and:

  • draw from the widest possible pool of talent
  • secure high quality staff who are skilled, loyal and hard working
  • improve employee morale and commitment by demonstrating that you treat all employees fairly
  • It also helps customers and other businesses identify those employers who are committed to equality in the workplace.


How we can help you...


As Disability Confident Leaders, and disability support providers, we can partner with you to ensure you are disability confident.

We offer a range of services, including:

  • Disability Awareness Training
  • Workplace needs Assessment
  • Workplace Strategy Coaching
  • Diversity & Inclusion Awareness Training
  • Unconscious Bias Awareness Training
  • Assistive Technology & Training

To find out about the support we can provide, please get in touch.