See below a list of organisations who give job-hunting support to disabled students and graduates. It may also be useful to refer to the Target Jobs Disability and Mental Health section. Making the transition from education into employment is a challenging process for anyone.

If you would like to discuss the impact of your disability or health condition with a specialist careers consultant, please book an appointment with Marina Matosic by phoning 0161 247 3483 or visiting the Employability Hub in the Business School.

Ability-Net

Gives free advice on computer technology for disabled people.

Access To Work

Provides financial support to make adjustments to the workplace to make it accessible

Association of Disabled Professionals (ADP)

Provides information on jobs, running your own business, news and events.

Breakthrough UK Ltd

Supports disabled people into employment and work-related training. You need to be a resident of Manchester, Trafford, Stockport or Bury. (Service also available in Liverpool).

British Association for Supported Employment

Provide advice and help on all stages of job hunting, from the start of your search up to getting an interview and beyond.

Civil Service Diversity Internship Programme

6 to 9-week paid work placements available across the Civil Service.

DIAL Network

Network of over 140 local disability information and advice centres run by and for disabled people.

Direct Gov

Provides information and advice about all aspects of the Equality Act as well as how to make a complaint if you feel you have been discriminated against.

Disabled Workers Co-operative

Includes a jobs website.

Disabled Entrepreneurs Network

Provides networking opportunities and information services for self-employed disabled people.

Disabled Motoring UK

A campaigning charity for disabled drivers, passengers and Blue Badge holders.

Disability Rights UK

Campaigning and advisory disability body run by and for disabled people. Produce news updates, campaign information and has a bookshop.

EmployAbility

Offer free support, advice and guidance to students and graduates throughout the entire recruitment process and beyond. Also run a wide range of internships and graduate recruitment programmes.

Front Runner

Run short courses for disabled students to develop the skills and knowledge to become leaders in work and society.

Four All

Channel 4 links to apprenticeship and training schemes.

Gov.uk

This employment portal has downloadable information packs and a page for impairment specific guides.

My Plus Students’ Club

Practical advice for managing disability in the workplace including applying for jobs and interviews, how to answer disability specific questions, requesting adjustments, gaps in your CV and accounting for a lack of work experience – Look at the Student Toolkit

Leonard Cheshire 100 Internship Scheme

Search for Change100 – this is a paid three-month placement.

Ouch

Website from the BBC with blog and news items that go behind the headlines of disability news, and also lifts the lid on the little details about being disabled that are not widely talked about.

Prince’s Youth Business Trust

Offers help to young people aged between 16 and 25 who wish to set up in business. The charity looks favourably on applications from disabled people.

Remploy

Provide support specifically to help you find graduate level jobs. This is available locally in Manchester City Centre and across the UK.

Saville and Holdsworth

Advice on psychometric tests for disabled applicants

Scope

Provide support, information and advice to more than a quarter of a million disabled people. It aims to create a society where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else.

Shaw Trust

Supports disabled people towards employment through the delivery of the government's Work Programme

The Disability Law Service

Charity that provides confidential and free legal advice for disabled adults, their families and carers.

Youreable.com

Web community providing support and information for disabled

Disability specific organisations

 

Autism

National Autistic Society

Provides work preparation programmes, job finding support, interview support and employment support for graduates with autism and Asperger syndrome.

D/deaf

Action on Hearing Loss

Wide ranging support and information including Access to Work

Breakthrough UK

This is a Deaf – led employment service, which provides support with all aspects of job searching, plus free communication support. Note you need to be a resident in Manchester, Bury, Trafford or Stockport.

British Deaf Association

The BDA is the largest Deaf organisation in the UK that is ran by Deaf people. Aims to achieve equality for Deaf people through community empowerment, membership and campaigning.

Deaf UK

An e-mail group for d/Deaf people in the UK, which advertises vacancies that are Deaf related. Registration is free.

Royal Association for Deaf People (RAD)

General information and support for sign language users plus employment support if based in London and Essex.

Different Appearance

Changing Faces

Range of support guides available.

Dyslexia

The Dyslexia Association

Gives study support to adults with Dyslexia and has a blog

Beating Dyslexia

Self-help website.

British Dyslexia Association

Lobbying and support organisation aiming for a dyslexia friendly society that will enable all dyslexic people to reach their potential.

Dyslexia Action

Gives a range of support for getting work, talking to your employer etc

Exceptional Individuals

Offer employment support to dyslexic students and graduates

Lexxic

Adult dyslexic and neuro differences psychological services

Epilepsy

Epilepsy Action

Provide advice and information about epilepsy including fact sheets on employment issues.

Mental Health

Bipolar

Use search facility and look for employment

Mental Health Foundation

Website includes a number of useful factsheets

Mind

Charity offering help and advice.

Mindful Employers

Website gives a list of supporting employers and advice to employees with a mental health condition.

Rethink

Mental Health Factsheets.

SANE

Charity concerned with improving the lives of everyone affected by mental illness. An under 25s discussion group is available on line.

Spinal Injuries

Spinal Injuries Association

Represents the interests of spinal cord injured people. A free-phone help line is available.

Stammering

British Stammering Association

Gives range of support and provides a confidential Helpline Tel 0845 603 2001. You can email, to receive information packs info@stammering.org

Stammers Through University Campaign

Support network for students.

Visual Impairment

Blind in Business

Offers an employment service specifically for graduates and undergraduates and runs annual training events.

Henshaws Beyond Expectations

Provides a wide range of services, support and training for visually impaired people with the aim of enabling people of all ages to maximise their independence and enjoy a high quality of life.

Royal National Institute of the Blind

Specific comprehensive site dealing with every aspect of the job hunting process, plus a helpline helpline@rnib.org.uk, Tel: 0303 123 999 RNIB also offer a Trainee Graduate Scheme.

VIP

Blog posts written by visually impaired students at university. Full of useful advice.

Post Graduate Study UK and Abroad

 

Vitae

Search ‘disability’.

The Snowdon Trust

Provides grants to physically disabled students, including those with a sensory impairment. You must be studying in the UK in further or higher education.

Oxford Wadham Graduate Scholarship for Disabled Students

Scholarships are awarded to applicants who have demonstrated excellent academic ability,who will contribute to the University’s ground -breaking research.

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