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A wide variety of employers display the Disability Confident logo on their recruitment literature and is worth looking out for. This means that the employer will guarantee an interview to a disabled applicant provided that they meet the minimum entry requirements.

List of Disability Confident Employers 

The Guild, Wellbeing and Career Zone hosted the "Student Life and Beyond: Studying with Disabilities" Forum in November 2018. The event included students and alumni sharing their experiences of studying and pursuing their careers whilst living with a disability. To view a recording of the event see:

Student Life and Beyond: Part 1

Student Life and Beyond: Part 2 - Employability Panel

If you may be interested in exploring where disabled graduates have gone on to in the past take a look at the ‘What Happens Next’ report by the AGCAS Disability Task Group (A few years old now but still a useful source of information).

 What Happens Next? Destinations of disabled graduates (510.2 KB PDF)

 If you have not accessed it already there is support available at the University of Exeter to help you throughout your degree from our Accessibility and Wellbeing teams. Further details can be found below:

Exeter Campus:

Cornwall Campus:

  • Access to Work - Government Scheme designed to provide help to disabled people who are about to start a job or who are already in work
  • Breakthrough UK - Manchester based organisation offering employment support and training to disabled people. 
  • Directgov - offers practical information on rights for people with disabilities.
  • Disability Rights UK - Support and advice on a range of work issues including benefits and careers, education and leadership. 
  • Employment Opportunities - a national charity helping people with disabilities to find and retain work and providing graduate recruitment advice.
  • Open to Law - an event run by consultancy, MyPlus, for students interested in the challenges of a legal career, but due to a disability or long-term health condition may require support.
  • Skill - The National Bureau for Students with Disabilities. Information and opportunities for post 16 year olds. FAQs including discussion on whether (and how) to declare a disability.
  • Use My Ability helps students with disabilities to develop their employability skills.
  • Youreable.com – an information and news service for people with disabilities and those who are interested in disability issues.
  • Bar Council - the equal opportunities office offers an introductory scheme for disabled applicants to be linked with practising barristers with a similar disability.
  • BBC Extend Programme - work placement scheme which offers appropriately qualified disabled people the opportunity to gain a paid work placement within the BBC. 
  • Change 100 - 3 month paid work experience opportunity for disabled students or graduates.
  • City Disabilities - support professionals and students who either work in professions in London or want to, and who have disabilities and/or long term health conditions.
  • EmployAbility – an organisation dedicated to assisting people with disabilities into jobs. Organise internships and placements as well as 1:1 advice.
  • Even Break - Matches employers who value diversity with disabled candidates.
  • Remploy – a leading provider of jobs for people with disabilities, focusing on finding jobs in mainstream employment through its specialist recruitment service.
  • Scope Leadership Recruitment - works with graduate recruiters to help students and graduates with disabilities to find placements or places on graduate schemes.
  • Snowden Trust - charity that assists physically and sensory disabled people to access vocational and academic courses in the UK by awarding grants. 
  • The Shaw Trust – The umbrella organisation for a variety of schemes to get disabled applicants into work.
  • Vercida - supports companies and job seekers with diversity and equality issues.

 

Specific Support for certain Disabilities 

  • AADD-UK - Raising awareness, help and support for adults with ADHD. Includes list of regional support groups.
  • Exceptional Individuals - helps graduates with disabilities (mainly dyslexia and dyspraxia) get a fair opportunity finding employment.
  • Incluzy - Search for jobs from inclusive employers, plus resources for employers and employees on autism, ADHD and more.
  • Aspierations - Aim is to build a bridge between business and talented people within the Asperger community to create employment opportunities that have a lasting benefit for all. 
  • Incluzy - Search for jobs from inclusive employers, plus resources for employers and employees on autism, ADHD and more.
  • Auticon - an award-winning IT and compliance consulting business. All Auticon consultants are on the autism spectrum. We pride ourselves in creating autism-friendly work environments as well as delivering outstanding quality to our clients.
  • Autism Initiatives – Offer a range of support to people with Autism including work placement opportunities and training.
  • CareTrade - supports adults with autism to gain employment through various projects.
  • Exceptional Individuals - helps graduates with disabilities (mainly dyslexia and dyspraxia) get a fair opportunity finding employment.
  • Incluzy - Search for jobs from inclusive employers, plus resources for employers and employees on autism, ADHD and more.
  • DeafUnity - If you are deaf and looking for work, or are hearing and want to work with the deaf community, the jobs page lists paid, voluntary and work placement opportunities.
  • MIND - (National Association for Mental Health) support and advice includes employment and training scheme, details of local help centres.
  • Mindful Employer - Includes a Charter of Employers who are positive about mental health and working towards a set of principles.
  • Workways - supporting people in Exeter with mental health issues who wish to enter (or remain in) employment.
  • RNIB - Provides a range of opportunities for training and employment for those with visual impairment.