Further help and support with starting work
Find further help and support about all aspects of moving into employment.
Benefits and financial help
As you move through your journey from school and beyond you’ll be entitled to different benefits and financial assistance because of your sight condition.
The financial help you’ll be able to get will depend on what you are doing and your circumstances at the time: for example, at university you’ll have access to the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) and at work you’ll be entitled to funding through the Access to Work Scheme.
You may also be entitled to benefits such as Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Personal Independence Payments (PIP) or Employment Support Allowance (ESA).
The Access to Work scheme
- taxis to and from work – really useful where transport links are poor
- a large monitor and screen magnification software for your work computer
- a support worker driver to get you to meetings that are otherwise hard to reach
- hi-tech low vision aids to help carry out your work.
Work experience and the Access to Work scheme
Putting the employer’s mind at ease
Personal Independence Payments (PIP)
The Government replaced Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people aged between 16 and 64 with a benefit called Personal Independence Payment (PIP). You can find out more about the introduction of PIP and how this is likely to affect you on our Managing your money pages. If you are under 16, there are currently no plans to replace DLA for you.
Universal Credit is a benefit for people on low incomes. It will gradually replace many other welfare benefits - including housing benefit, income support and jobseeker's allowance.
To find out about the benefits and financial help you may be entitled to, visit our Benefits for people of working age pages or contact RNIB's Helpline on 0303 123 9999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and our Welfare Rights Advisors can help to resolve any problems you have in getting the right support.
Employment and Careers advice
For more online information about careers, seeking work, writing a CV or application form, interviews, job-seeking resources, or the Access to Work scheme visit our main Employment section.
RNIB supports blind and partially sighted people in finding work across the UK. Our specialist advisers offer advice and guidance on all aspects of employment including skills training, assessments and information on the latest assistive technology to support you at work.
Get in touch with your Careers Adviser by visiting our 'Finding a Careers Adviser' pages.
Department of Work and Pensions (DWP)
DWP provides useful guidance on 'Help and support for young disabled people to find and stay in work' which provides links to websites and includes information on role models; careers advice; Disability Employment Advisers (DEAs); workplace training; adjustments in the workplace and more!
Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) >
The ECU provides practical advice for careers advisers and other student service providers who support disabled students and recent graduates moving into work. Download their 'Transition to work for disabled students: careers support in higher education' guide for more information.
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