Access to Work are part of the DWP (Government Department for Work and Pensions). Their role is to prevent people with disabilities from being unemployed.

If you are struggling with dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD and it is affecting your work, you can call them for help. They can make recommendations straight away on the phone, and point you in the right direction.  Usually, however, they send a Work Based Assessor to see you at work.  The job of the Work Based Assessor is to work out which support options would make a difference to your work performance, and help you succeed in your job.  Support options can be software, technological aids, training, mediation or coaching.

The Work Based Assessor will write a report and send you three quotes for each support option.  In most cases, your employer has to pay for the support.  You will need to involve your manager from the start.  If you are self employed, it is possible that Access to Work will pay for your support.  But they are best placed to advise on this!  Call them on 0800 121 7479.

If you are not happy with the companies that the report recommends, you can chose your own.  Provided it is a company that Access to Work know to be reputable it is usually okay to switch.

Access to Work recommend and fund Genius in Training videos, as well as our coaching programmes.  You can mention it to your advisor and they will tell you how best to go about it.  Genius Within provide coaching through Access to Work nationally.  If you’re stuck please feel free to give us a buzz and we can talk you through the process.

Access to Work is a fantastic service, identified in a recent Government review as being great value for money for the British taxpayer.  The support that  is provided helps over 3000 dyslexics a year to:

  • improve your success at work
  • meet targets and deadlines
  • overcome difficulties with managers and team members
  • communicate with employers about what you need to do your job well
  • move forward in your career

Why not give them a call on 0800 121 7479 and see how they can help you.

  1. Alan Vissian 8 years ago

    I, m self employed and what to move forward in your career.

  2. John 8 years ago

    Hi there,

    I’m hoping you can offer me a little insight – I am suspected of having ADHD, and recently completed an IQ battery. My highest scores were in non-verbal reasoning and processing speed. (95th % and 99th % percentiles). What sort of careers would be suitable for someone with those abilities?


    • Author
      nancy 8 years ago

      Hello John,

      Congratulations that’s fabulous mind you have there! High non-verbal reasoning means processing your surroundings and visual images very well and quickly. The processing speed means that you will be able to make decisions very quickly as well. I think you could do lots of jobs well: emergency services, anything technical or requiring hand eye coordination from a needle or thread to jet planes! A different questions is: what would you LIKE to do? Then we can talk about how to do it.


  3. Alister 8 years ago

    Can Access to Work fund a dyslexia assessment? I am an employed adult. If not can you please recommend any other source of funding? I am in Scotland.

    Many thanks

    • Author
      nancy 7 years ago

      I am sorry Alister I don’t know of any funding streams in Scotland, but Dyslexia Scotland may be able to help – they are very very good 🙂

      Access to Work will provide support in your workplace without a formal diagnosis….

  4. lee housley 7 years ago

    I am unemployed and have dyslexia and possibly dyspraxia, is there any funding for me to be able to take the dyslexia test in order for me to find employment,

    • Author
      nancy 7 years ago

      Hi Lee,

      sadly there is ver little funding for people who are not in work. However you would qualify for Access to Work support even if you on a work placement.


  5. lee housley 7 years ago

    hi I am unemployed with dyslexia and possibly dyspraxia
    not learning anything from interseve as they don’t want to know,
    is there any funding available for me to go to Sheffield and have the assessment done so I can hopefully get a job

  6. Sharman 7 years ago

    Hi Nancy, I would like to find out if I can get ongoing coaching from you via ATW (I have been approved for technology and dyslexia coaching before).
    I would want to work on following
    1. to keep me on track with my various projects 2. not get overwhelmed by ‘all this to do and don’t know what to do first, second or third’ and 3. not get overwhelmed by ‘all the information i have collected and i don’t know how to collate and catalogue it best for future use’.

    I’m self employed as coaching psychologist as you know and also director of management services company with my husband (Mr straightforward thinking!).

    • Author
      nancy 7 years ago

      Hi Sharman

      This is easy to organise – give AtW a call and they may simply authorise it without an assessment. However if you have an assessment you can still come through us whoever they recommend!

      Let us know when you are ready to go.


    • Chris 6 years ago

      Hi Shaman,
      How did you get on with this?
      Best wishes,
      Chris X

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