Students with disabilities

Support for disabled students

The Careers Service works very closely with the University Disability Service to support our disabled students. If you would like to discuss your career plans or job search strategy as a disabled student, please book an appointment with one of our qualified Careers Advisers or Careers Consultants, and if you need some adjustments made (e.g. extra time or bringing someone with you) do let us know in advance if possible.

What are the legal requirements that businesses must follow for disabilities and mental health?

The Equality Act 2010 makes unlawful direct or indirect discrimination, harassment or victimisation related to a disability and discrimination/unfavourable treatment arising from the disability itself. The act defines disability as ‘a physical or mental impairment’ that has ‘a substantial and long-term adverse effect’ on a person's ‘ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities’.

If you believe that you have been discriminated against in your search for work or feel that an employer has treated you unfairly on the basis of your disability you can do the following:

  • Make an appointment with one of our advisers to discuss the situation in confidence
  • Seek support from the Student Union Advice Centre or visit your local Citizens Advice Bureau.
  • Contact the Equality Advisory Support Service (EASS) helpline - The Helpline advises and assists individuals on issues relating to equality and human rights, across England, Scotland and Wales.
  • Contact ACAS - ACAS provides information, advice, training, conciliation and other services for employers and employees to help prevent or resolve workplace problems. Speak to a trained ACAS adviser for clear guidance on an issue or dispute in the workplace - 0300 123 1100. Guidance is free and confidential.

WorkAbility

WorkAbility is a joint event from the Careers and Employability Service and Disability Service, aimed at disabled students who would like to learn more about going into professional work, whether you are looking for placements or a graduate role.

The next event will be in June 2023

Further Support and Resources

Richmond Fellowship

Provides support for people in Kirklees living with or recovering from mental ill health to find employment, voluntary work or education.

Change 100 - Inclusive Summer Internships

Internships for students and recent grads with disabilities, mental health conditions and learning disabilities.

Government Access to Work

Government scheme to help disabled people in work, for instance paying for taxis to and from work.

ACAS - Disability discrimination

The Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful to discriminate against employees (including workers) because of a mental or physical disability.

Employ-Ability

Employ-Ability advertises internships, graduate opportunities and grad fairs for disabled and dyslexic students and graduates.

Shaw Trust and Social Enterprises

Shaw Trust is a charity helping to transform the lives of young people and adults across the UK and internationally.

Vercida

Vercida is 'the world's leading diversity and inclusion employer brand platform'.

Mind - better mental health in the workplace

Mind have loads of helpful information around wellness and wellbeing in the workplace.

Staff disability network

Formed in October 2018, this network group was set up for staff and students who are also members of staff.