The Association of Disabled Professionals (ADP) was established in 1971 to provide support to disabled people in professional and managerial positions, as there was very little support available for them at the time.
The ADP was formed to remedy this situation and to provide a forum for disabled people to share both their problems and their experiences of successful personal development and valued work, as well as to help create conditions for other disabled people to realise their full potential. Since that time, the vast number of members and clients we have supported has proved that disabled people can and do succeed in almost every career - in medicine, engineering, the law, the church, the Civil Service, politics, commerce, education, the sciences and the arts and health and social services, to name but a few.
We have an email and telephone answerphone service, where disabled people can seek advice and support from another disabled person with lived experience of the working world. We feel this is very important as we have learnt that disabled people have a particular, specific, and real need to receive information from other disabled people about issues relating to education, employment and training. As one of our clients said:
“After approaching so many people who are supposed to help, we had started to believe Katlyn would never be able to work. We cannot thank you enough for the information and practical suggestions that you gave to us yesterday. This news is really positive and the first time we've heard that there are more possibilities available. Thank you for such a helpfulresponse! Your encouragement and support was greatly appreciated.”
(Supporter of a school leaver with an acquired brain injury)
Over the years, we have widened our Work Advice Service. So, as well as our work with disabled people and people with long term health conditions who want to become entrepreneurs, we are able to give advice and support on any job role and for any impairment related barrier. We provide support to individuals and employers at every stage of recruitment and in a wide variety of work situations. We also work with other organisations to provide information about issues relating to education and training, as well as in the transition from education to employment.
Examples of the issues that we cover include:
• guidance on effective job hunting;
• advice on barriers or difficulties encountered whilst at work or in education;
• advice on benefit related issues; and
• information about approaching statutory bodies (e.g. Access to Work), educational or training establishments and employers when difficulties arise.
And, if we don’t know the answer to your question, we will try to point you in the direction of someone who will!
So, if you’re looking for a common-sense, solution focussed approach to planning work opportunities, visit www.adp.org.uk or come along to Stand 7270 at Naidex 44. We’d be delighted to meet you!