I don't even think they have access to work programmes where I live. I'm lucky in that I'm healthy physically for the most part, but the work schemes keep suggesting jobs I'm not ideal for. (I've got dyspraxia and they suggest jobs in the catering industry or elderly care work)
I had a lady with one scheme keep suggesting I volunteer and threatening to take me off the scheme unless I did, but I've the rent to pay as well as bills so I can't really volunteer my labour for it.
I'm hoping the mentoring program can help identify something, or even a local access to work scheme, as info here in Wales isn't the best.
I had a friend in England who has done it, and got paid work but I wasn't too sure if there was something else there, too. As he has his mum fighting his corner to help get something beneficial.
Yeah...I know what you mean about digging through traumas, I had an awkward moment with Prince's Trust regarding that. Thanks for the link, it seems like it's more for people working at the moment, but if I'm lucky and get something I'll give it a go.
If they 'refuse' to allow the input of a service who's presence would help to ensure your continued employment, or access to employment in the first instance, that's quite damning for them. If employed, and they refuse to allow Access To Work and your enjoyment is later threatened, I'd take them for constructive dismissal - big time!Not sure if it's been mentioned but your employer needs to provide consent for ATW to carry out a workplace assessment for you. If your employer is determined to get rid of you, as is in my case, they naturally won't give consent and therefore your application can't be progressed.
Hi Bryan, thanks for your response. I've a feeling it's going to go that way. I am keeping a note of everything they do (and don't do)If they 'refuse' to allow the input of a service who's service would help to ensure your continued employment, or access to employment in the first instance, that's quite damning for them. If employed, and they refuse and your enjoyment is later threatened, I'd take them for constructive dismissal
They came back with the reply to my union caseworker that without input from occupational health first and knowing what my needs are, they didn't know how useful AtW would be (BS). I AM the rep at work, hence being targeted! Thank you for your advice, I'll get in contact with NAS.Ab-so-bloody-lutely you should! And try to keep correspondence by emails, in writing etc. Ask for Access To Work 'officially' and tell them why - in writing. If you're in a Union, speak to a rep. If not, speak to someone at National Autistic Society and see if they can help signpost you to someone who can offer practical assistance. One thing I do know is that once a relationship with an employer has broken down, it's a difficult task to put it back in track. And good luck!