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A Reasonable Adjustments Disability Passport would eliminate barriers in the workplace and cut stress and anxiety for disabled teachers, members have been told.

NASUWT members at the Disabled Teachers’ Conference heard that a passport would ensure that reasonable adjustments are put in place and kept up to date, in line with changes to a person’s job role or fluctuations in members’ conditions.

Quinn Roache, a TUC Policy Officer focussing on Disability and LGBT+ Equality issues, explained how the passports would work and the advantages for the teacher and their employer.

The NASUWT fully supports calls for the passports which were passed at the TUC Disabled Workers Conference in 2018.

Mr Roache said a passport would “put in place a process that supports all disabled staff members and helps eliminate barriers to full workplace participation” and make it easier for employers to comply with the law.

And he said it would address one of the biggest causes of anxiety for disabled members: “When there is a change in their line manager or their role and they are compelled to explain again what their disability is and what reasonable adjustments they require to do their job and to renegotiate them.”

This need to explain again the adjustments necessary and had been already agreed, arose because of inadequate handover between managers and often because agreed adjustments had not been recorded.

Mr Roache told members: “We know one of the most common issues our disabled members have raised is that their adjustments have not been maintained. Putting in place this system will help eliminate this issue.”


 

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