Know your rights – disability and employment quick guide launched


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Know your rights – disability and employment quick guide launched

03 February 2017

Disability Action’s Employment Advocacy Service has launched a new resource: ‘Getting into Work: Reasonable Adjustments & Positive Action’. The Quick Guide outlines disabled people’s rights when applying for a job, what employers must do and what positive actions they can take to increase the number of disabled people they employ.

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The Employment Advocacy Service helps disabled people who are experiencing difficulties or discrimination in the workplace.  Support is provided by Peer Advocates who are disabled people.  The latest quick guide is the third in the series and outlines what is expected of employers under the Disability Discrimination Act and the positive actions they can take during the recruitment process.  The work is funded by the Department for Communities.

Launching the Getting into Work quick guide Tommy Cairns, Volunteer Peer Advocate and project lead on this resource said,

“This guide is a good thing because it gives people with disabilities reliable and easy access to information on reasonable adjustments and positive actions during the job application and recruitment process. It directly sets out the rights a person with a disability can expect under the law when applying for a job. Above all it provides appropriate knowledge, and knowledge is power!”

Sean Fitzsimons, Employment Advocacy Officer
“This resource arose from requests for clear information from both disabled people and employers.  There continues to be much confusion around rights and responsibilities in relation to recruitment and selection of disabled people in Northern Ireland.  I am hopeful that this resource will positively contribute to the ongoing efforts of so many to increase the number of disabled people in the workforce.”

This guide follows on from the success of the Hard at Work report, developed by the Employment Advocacy Service.

The Quick Guide is available online at or by contacting Disability Action on 028 9029 7800.

Other Quick Guides in the series:

·        Telling an Employer about your Disability

·        Reasonable Adjustments in the Workplace

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