You may have arrived at this page having read Jenny Sealey’s letter to the Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/apr/02/tories-not-listening-about-impact-of-welfare-cuts
Here’s what you can do to help:
1. Sign & share our petition: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stop-changes-to-access-to-work. We will be handing this is to whoever wins the next election. The more signatories, the greater the impact.
2. Follow us on Twitter (@emilysmith2007 #Stopchanges2AtW) or Facebook (STOP CHANGES TO ACCESS TO WORK), to get updates and find out what is happening with the campaign.
3. Raise the issue of Access to Work at any opportunity in the lead up to the election: hustings etc. What are the main parties doing to support Deaf and disabled people?
4. Pass on our details to any Deaf or disabled person you know that are experiencing problems with Access to Work. We have been working with the human rights law firm Leigh Day and will continue to do so, to ensure people’s legal rights are being defended.
5. Challenge the ideological attack being made on Deaf and disabled people. These cuts to Access to Work are being made on hard working people, who just happen to have a disability. We reject the language currently being used and the dipiction of Deaf and disabled people by the press.
We have now seen a few cases emerge where Deaf people who work in Deaf organisations are being told that they cannot get Access to Work support because if the organisation employed a non-disabled person they would still need an interpreter to work with their Deaf clients. They are saying that this isn’t an additional expense of employing a disabled person. This is known as “additionality”.
We are currently looking into the legalities of this.
Having experienced, “job redesign”, and “non-communication days”, we are now facing this new challenge to Deaf people gaining employment.
It has yet to be seen whether or not Access to Work will try to apply this rule to Deaf social workers or other government funded staff who work with the Deaf community. We will be watching closely.
If you have experienced this, or know anyone who has, please contact us by emailing: email@example.com or via Twitter @emilysmith2007 #StopChanges2AtW.