Disability and employment

This page contains links to resources on disability and employment from voluntary organisations, that you may find useful in thinking about possible support. Remember that any requests for reasonable adjustments need to be discussed with your manager, and are subject to operational requirements.

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Doing work differently: getting and keeping a job while managing ill-health, injury or disability (IID) (Radar, 2007)

Doing careers differently: how to make a success of your careers while living with a disability or health condition (Radar)

Doing seniority differently: a study of high-fliers living with ill-health, injury or disability (Radar, 2010)

Pain Toolkit (pain management resources for people living with chronic pain)


Working with arthritis (Arthritis Care)

I want to work (National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society, 2014)

When an employee has rheumatoid arthritis (National Rheumatoid Arthritic Society, 2015)


Having asthma at work (Asthma UK)

Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome

Autism in the workplace (TUC, 2014)

Untapped talent: a guide to employing people with autism (National Autistic Society, 2013)

Autism Oxford provides a list of local activities for adults and teenagers

Details of a local Autism alert card

VIAS: an employer's guide to autism is a short video showing how to make a difference to an autistic person's experiences of a job interview and first day.

Bipolar disorder

An employer’s guide to bipolar and employment

An employee's guide to bipolar and employment


Macmillan guide to work and cancer

Managing cancer in the workplace: an employer’s guide

Work it out tool (for employees with cancer)

Macmillan guide to working while caring for someone with cancer

EMPLOY charter: Breast cancer guide to best practice in the workplace

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, M.E.

An employer’s guide to ME

You, M.E. and work

Colour blindness

Information about the impact of colour blindness at work


Employment and dementia (Alzheimer’s Society)

Employment – living with dementia  (Alzheimer’s Society)


Advocacy pack: Diabetes and employment: your rights at work  (Diabetes UK)


A guide for employers (Changing Faces)

A guide for employees (Changing Faces)

Dyslexia and dyspraxia; neurodiversity

Neurodiversity is a relatively new term, which covers dyslexia, dyspraxia, autistic spectrum, ADHD and minor mental health issues.  These conditions can bring strengths as well as weaknesses to the workplace.  Find out more in ACAS's publication Neurodiversity at work (2016).

Dyslexia in the Workplace: An introductory guide, second edition (2010), Diana Bartlett and Sylvia Moody with Katherine Kindersley.

Dyslexia and Employment: A guide for assessors, trainers and managers (2009), edited by Sylvia Moody

Living with Dyspraxia: A guide for adults with developmental dyspraxia, revised edition (2006), Mary Colley

Top tips for dyslexics at work

‘Open dyslexic’ free downloadable font for dyslexics, with weighted bases to letters.

Working with dyspraxia - a hidden asset – employer’s guide

Behavioural Optometrists can investigate visual stress, which is sometimes associated with dyslexia


An employer's guide to managing endometriosis at work (Endometriosis UK, 2015)


Work and epilepsy (Epilepsy Action, 2013)

Facial disfigurement

A guide for employers (Changing Faces)

A guide for employees (Changing Faces)

Hearing impairment

When you tell your employer about hearing loss and Guidance for employers (Action on Hearing Loss).

This video by an Oxford student includes an explanation of cochlear impants.


HIV@work: a guide for employers

HIV@work: a guide for employees

The Job Accommodation Network is an American organisation that gives some good examples of reasonable adjustments for specific difficulties, including chronic diarrhea, fatigue, concentration problems, visual impairment and sensitivity to light.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Employment and IBD: a guide for employers

Employment and IBD: a guide for employees

Mental health issues

Managing and supporting mental health at work (2011) CIPD and MIND

How to support staff who are experiencing a mental health problem MIND

How to be mentally health at work (MIND) 2013


Migraine in the workplace

Multiple sclerosis

MS in the workplace: an employer's guide MS Society

MS in the workplace: an employee's guide  (2015)MS Society

Rheumatoid arthritis

When an employee has rheumatoid arthritis: a guide about RA and how it can affect people at work

I want to work: a self-help guide for people with Rheumatoid Arthritis


Recruiting and developing employees who stammer: employer booklet (British Stammering Association)

Stammering and employment:employee booklet (British Stammering Association)


Work after stroke: employer’s guide

Work after stroke: stroke survivor’s guide

Visual impairment

Staying in work factsheet (RNIB, 2012)

The RNIB also provides information and support on using technology