Helping folk with hidden disabilities

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A new partnership between two national organisations has been forged with the aim of delivering more support for people with hidden impairments.

Remploy, which provides specialist employment services for people with complex barriers to employment, has agreed to work closely with The Adsetts Partnership (TAP), which promotes and supports voluntary sector organisations across the UK, whilst delivering specialised services via its members.

Both parties will seek to highlight the issues around hidden impairments and the very real impact they can have on people in their jobs or on those seeking job opportunities.

“An individual’s disability is not always obvious,” said Remploy 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.

“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.”

The agreement was countersigned by Philip Bartey, group chief executive of TAP, who said: “TAP welcomes Remploy as its latest member to work in collaboration on a series of agendas including employment, social enterprise and social care.

“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. ”

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

TAP and Remploy are working together on a pilot project with Transport for Greater Manchester in which work placement opportunities are being opened up for people with hidden impairments.

TAP is offering full assistance to candidates and Remploy is ensuring an ongoing employment service to ensure employees with hidden impairments are fully supported in the workplace.

Remploy and TAP aim to explore joint funding opportunities.

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