Employers must make reasonable adjustments to make sure disabled workers aren’t seriously disadvantaged when doing their jobs.

This includes:

  • doing things another way - eg allowing someone with social anxiety disorder to have their own desk instead of hot-desking
  • making physical changes - eg installing a ramp for a wheelchair user or an audio-visual fire alarm for a deaf person
  • letting a disabled person work somewhere else - eg on the ground floor for a wheelchair user
  • changing their equipment - eg providing a special keyboard if they have arthritis
  • allowing employees who become disabled to make a phased return to work - eg working flexible hours or part-time
  • offering employees training opportunities, recreation and refreshment facilities

Employers have to make reasonable adjustments even if they don’t employ the person directly - this includes contract workers, trainees, apprentices and business partners.

Get help and advice

You can get advice on reasonable adjustments from the Disability Employment Adviser (DEA) at your local Jobcentre Plus office, or the Disability Employment Service if you’re in Northern Ireland.

There’s more detail about employers’ obligations and how to meet them on the Equality and Human Rights Commission website.