Disability Employment Advisers
Disability Employment Advisers (DEAs), are usually based in Jobcentre Plus offices or Jobcentres, they can provide specialist support on employment issues for the disabled.
For those already in work, Disability Employment Advisers can discuss your current work situation with you.
If you think you might lose your job for a reason associated with your disability or health condition, they can give you and your employer advice, and explore practical ways to help you keep your job.
For those looking for work, Disability Employment Advisers can work with you to plan the best way for you to return to work and help you find a job that is suitable.
Often your Jobcentre will have connections with local employers who make every effort to meet the needs of disabled people who are looking for work.
You and your Disability Employment Adviser can draw up an action plan to help you into work or keep your existing job.
Disability Employment Advisers can ..
* Give you an employment assessment which helps identify your abilities and strengths, and how your disability or health condition affects the type of work you want to do.
As part of the assessment, you will get an action plan to help you achieve your goals. Having an employment assessment will not affect your benefits.
* Provide a job matching and referral service, to let you know about jobs that match your experience and skills.
If you feel it's appropriate, the adviser may be able to approach the employer for you.
* Provide New Deal for Disabled People, a support programme run by employment specialists.
* Refer you to a specialist programme for disabled people. Specialist programmes may include the Job Introduction Scheme and WorkPathProgrammes.
* Explain how the Disability Discrimination Act could protect you in work, and how you can find out more.
* Provide details of local disability organisations. You can ask your DEA about local and national organisations for disabled people.
For more information about Disability Employment Advisers, contact your local Jobcentre Plus office or Jobcentre.
You'll find the contact details here on the Jobcentre website or in your local phone book