Staff disclosure with regard to disability is entirely voluntary. However, it is encouraged to ensure the that the appropriate resources and specialist support can be identified and provided for disabled staff. Disclosure of a disability is encouraged on application and appointment to a new role as well as at any time during employment at the University via My View or by speaking to your line manager.
The University has a duty to make reasonable adjustments to their practices and premises to remove barriers and/or provide support for members of disabled staff. Example of adjustments include:
Acquiring or modifying equipment (for example assistive computer software or a height adjustable desk)
Changes to the workplace or physical environment to improve accessibility
Alterations to a person’s working hours or routines
Agreeing adjustment to work or working practices
Reallocation of duties. This does not mean that the member of disabled staff has a lighter workload than their colleagues. There will be an equal distribution of work but some of the work tasks may be different.
Personal Emergency Evacuation Procedure (PEEP). This is a document that details the most suitable and safe method of evacuation of a member of disabled staff from a building in the event of an emergency.
Access to Work is a government scheme that aims to assist disabled people in employment or those due to start employment. If offers support based on an individuals needs, which may include a grant to help cover the costs of practical support in the workplace.
An Access to Work grant can pay for:
There is a new Workplace Mental Health Support Service offered under Access to Work and delivered by Remploy. It is a free and confidential service available to any employees with depression, anxiety, stress or other mental health issues affecting their work.
The health and well-being web page provide information about:
Occupational Health - a confidential service for staff. Individuals can self refer or be referred by their line manager
Mental Health First Contact Network - this network are a first point of contact for members of staff experiencing emotional or psychological distress
Well@York - events, helpsheets and resources
Employee Assistance - independent, free and confidential support and counselling
INCLUDE is a peer support network that is inclusive and open to all staff with a disability, long-term condition or an interest in disability equality