Project focus on Hidden impairment

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Specialist employment services organisation Remploy and the Sheffield-based Adsetts Partnership have joined forces to help people with hidden disabilities to fulfil their potential.

Remploy and The Adsetts Partnership (TAP), which was set up by entrepreneur Sir Norman Adsetts to support the voluntary sector, want to highlight how hidden impairments have an impact on people and on the companies for which they work.

“An individual’s disability is not always obvious,” said Remploy’s head of programmes Maxine Moss-Black.

“However, it not being recognised, either by the individual or by employers, can lead to people underperforming in their job or not being considered for employment in the first place.

“Remploy and TAP have jointly agreed to focus on helping employers across the country understand the impact of hidden impairment, and to encourage firms to implement what are often very simple and inexpensive changes in the workplace so that everybody, irrespective of disability, can perform in their jobs to the best of their ability,” she said.

Remploy and TAP will share expertise to help employers as they recruit and retain people with hidden impairments.

The organisations are already working on a pilot project with Transport for Greater Manchester to create work placements.

TAP chief executive, Philip Bartey, said: “Both our organisations have complementary expertise in welfare-to-work, which means we can offer a broader spectrum of support to people with hidden impairments.

“This is a significant and exciting collaboration between our two organisations in support of disabled people.”