Reasonable Adjustments for the Workplace

Examples of Reasonable Adjustments for the workplace

It is important that all workers know, ‘Employers must make reasonable adjustments to make sure workers with disabilities, or physical or mental health conditions, aren’t substantially disadvantaged when doing their jobs’ ( 2018.)

If you have a learning difficulty or disability needs, which Reasonable Adjustments would suit you?  If you do not know, do not worry, you can ask for a free Workplace Assessment from Access to Work.  This is a grant available from the Government to cover additional disability costs experienced at paid work, an internship/traineeship or self-employment.  This is a list of just a few examples of what employers can do under the Equality Act (2010) to accommodate your needs at work.  Everyone’s needs are different, even with similar conditions; it is about making you as effective and independent as possible, by putting in place support for you to do your best work that benefits everyone.  The Equality and Human Rights Commission explain.

 Some examples are:

  • A set office desk away from visual or auditory distractions
  • Computer software, like text to speech or JAWS
  • Information in an alternative format, such as emailed documents or large print
  • Coloured paper or overlays
  • Facility to record information, like on a Dictaphone to help remember instructions
  • Diaries and alarms
  • Visual schedules
  • Information that is spoken, also written down
  • Help to identify and resolve triggers for anxiety, like noise
  • Altered working hours, such as to accommodate travel outside of rush hour
  • Simple explicit (clear) language
  • Lots of reputation until a task is learned
  • Supervision, a buddy, job coach or a mentor  
  • Using pictures, timetables and templates
  • Helping with organisation, colour coding, filing and priorities 
  • Step by step instructions 
  • Help breaking tasks down
  • Advanced warning of changes and planning in advance 
  • Using a person's preferred communication preferences 
  • Avoiding hypothetical situations
  • Help developing and then agreeing and sticking to a routine, like having a weekly meeting
  • about work at a set time
  • Regular feedback on work
  • Key word lists of industry-specific terms 
  • Demonstrating tasks where possible
  • Providing information in advance, like interview questions in the waiting room
  • Adapted equipment, like keyboards or chairs
  • Adapted buildings, like ramps and rails 
  • Providing a disabled parking space close to where someone works
  • Providing access to a fridge for medication or accommodating the taking of medication at work
  • Allocating certain duties to another employee and modifying a job description
  • Home working
  • Allowing for rest breaks 
  • Providing a reader or an interpreter
  • Provide extra time, like in tests 
  • Relaxed sickness policy for disability related absence 
  • Checking clarity of understanding by getting an employee to repeat what they need to do
  • One-to-one training 
  • Modified work targets
Reasonable adjustments government sit.


Clear Talent profiles allows people to create a profile to share when going for interviews or with current employers that encourages openness between the employer and the employee.  Generates advice and tips to find solutions and make reasonable adjustments for overcoming a disability, health condition or simply someone's weaknesses.  A way to declare your personal situation and overcome it with solutions.  Have you created a profile yet?