Working with ME/CFS – Examples of Workplace Adjustments

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Before we jump into this post, it feels really important to emphasise that by no means is everybody with ME/CFS is well enough to pursue employment, nor should they be expected to. I also know first-hand just how difficult it can be to find accessible employment opportunities in the first place.

However, as one of the self-named in-betweeners living with the challenges of a debilitating chronic illness whilst trying to lead an independent and fulfilling life, I think it’s important that we share as much information on this topic as we possibly can. For a bit of background, you can read more about my personal experiences with employment and becoming a chronically ill freelancer here!

If you’re new to the world of employment, or you’re returning to work after a period of ill health, you might find it helpful to know your rights as a chronically ill employee – namely, the workplace adjustments (often referred to as ‘reasonable adjustments’) you’re entitled to. In a nutshell, reasonable adjustments are modifications designed to overcome the challenges that disabled employees face. If you have ME/CFS, your employer is obligated to make reasonable adjustments under the 2010 Equality Act.

Some workplace adjustments are common and well-implemented; people know to ask for them and employers know how to accommodate them. However, with a complex condition like ME/CFS, there may well be additional changes and adaptations that could benefit your wellbeing in the workplace – and many people simply don’t know that they have a right to ask for them. In this post, I’ve listed as many of these reasonable adjustments as I can think of, in the hope that they’ll help you to think about your own unique needs and how to discuss them with your employer.

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Tips For Job Hunting As A Disabled Graduate

This piece was originally commissioned by Debut Insights: see the original post here!

Let’s be honest, the education system wasn’t built with disabled people in mind. That said, every year countless disabled students graduate and embark on successful careers in the industry of their choice. Nearing the completion of your studies and thinking about work can feel overwhelming. So, here are some tips to help get you started.

Make a list of reasonable adjustments

It’s tempting to go bulldozing headfirst into job applications. But before you do, take some time to really think ahead about what you need in order to thrive. Sit down with a pen and paper and a cup of tea, and think about your daily routine. Are there specific things you do or need that should be accommodated in the workplace too? Reasonable adjustments of this kind are agreed-upon commitments between an employer and employee. They are made to ensure that the environment and role is as accessible to a disabled worker as it is to a non-disabled worker.

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