Access to Work

Anyone got any experiences of Access to Work and asthma? If so what support do you get to be able to work?

I'm already well known to the system as I have high support needs for my blindiness. I have technology, a support worker and taxi fares in some circumstances. My sick record isn't looking too great and I was wondering if I could come to some sort of arrangement with access to work about having taxi's to get around all the time when I'm ill (my job involves lots of travel). I already have a taxi account for two evenings a week and when my guide dog is sick I can have them whenever I want. I'm trying to plan my week so there is as little walking as possible and I'm easing myself back in gently but my GP thinks this is going to be something I'm going to have to get used to. I'm going to see if the hospital have any other suggestions but I think its just about managing it as best as possible.

I'm considering things for when I eventually get a new job and have to make a new application to access to work whether it would be worth my while mentioning asthma and any related support needs I might have. That would also mean I couldn't be fired for having a poor sick record due to asthma as it would be classed as a disability.

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  • Hi,

    I'm posting this on behalf of my wife. She has a taxi to get home from work because of her asthma. She can't drive because of epilepsy and can't walk to the bus because of her asthma.

    Obviously you have a contact with the JCP team dealing with access to work. Ask them what would be acceptable.

    Asthma can certainly be a disability. See DDA definition.

    Hope this is of some help.

    Michael

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