Employment and acquired brain injury
This section talks about taking those first steps into the world of work.
- If you’re looking for information for a young person who’s making a return to work after an acquired brain injury, you may like to read Headway's information on the subject.
But it’s a big step for any of us, and parents and young people may have concerns about how someone with an acquired brain injury might get on at their workplace. There is support available for anyone with a disability or learning disability.3 Any role must take into account that individual’s skills and areas of difficulty.4
Disability employment advisorsThe local Job Centre will be able to put you in touch with a disability employment advisor.
Schemes and supportYou can read more about any of the schemes outlined below at the Directgov site. Visit the site.
Access to Work might contribute to the cost of a support worker, or the equipment someone needs at work.
It can also pay towards the cost of getting to and from work if public transport isn’t an option.
Access to Work may be able to pay some or all of the costs of a communicator for interview situations.
Find out more.
Access to Work3
This scheme replaced Workstep, Work Preparation and the Job Introduction Scheme in October 2010.Work Choice helps people with disabilities whose needs cannot be met through other work programmes. This might be because someone needs more specialised support in finding or keeping a job. It’s a more tailored approach. Work Choice also gives employers support they may need in employing disabled people.
Residential trainingThis programme helps long-term unemployed disabled people secure and maintain jobs or self-employment.
Supported employment servicesThese services spend time getting to know a young person before they begin the search for full-time employment. Young people may have an opportunity to try things out in order to establish what their strengths and interests are. The British Association for Supported Employment has more information on the different agencies that provide this kind of service. Its website also has a section which can help you find services in your area. Visit the British Association for Supported Employment.
Remploy supports many thousands of people each year with a range of employment services. Visit Remploy. The Shaw Trust supports disabled and disadvantaged people (including those experiencing ill health) to prepare for and find work. Visit The Shaw Trust