Disability Employment Advisers (DEA) are usually based in Jobcentre Plus offices. If you are looking for work, a DEA can provide specialist support on employment issues.
A DEA can work with you to plan the best way for you to return to work and help you find a job that is suitable. Jobcentre Plus have strong connections with many employers who make every effort to meet the needs of disabled people who are looking for work.
You and the DEA can draw up an action plan to help you into work or keep your existing job. The DEA can also
Arrange an employment assessment, if appropriate, 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 DEA may be able to approach the employer for you.
Refer you to a specialist program for disabled people. Specialist programs include the Job Introduction Scheme and Work Path Programmes.
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 adviser about local and national organisations for disabled people.
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Marylebone Jobcentreplus, 26 - 46 Lisson Grove, London, NW1 6TZ
Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm