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access to work (AtW)

so what exactly is access to work (AtW)?

AtW is government money that comes from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) via Jobcentre Plus.

the purpose of AtW is to provide grants for practical support in the workplace.

and who is AtW for?

you may be able to get AtW if you are:

  • in a paid job
  • unemployed and about to start a new job
  • unemployed and about start a Work Trial
  • self-employed


if you have certain health conditions, or you’re a Deaf or disabled individual, and your health condition, your disability or being Deaf means there are parts of your job you can’t do.

you may find you’re not affected much (or at all!) by your health condition or disability as you do your job on a day-to-day basis.

however, if your disability or health condition could have a long-term effect on how well you can do your job, this is taken into consideration when you apply for AtW.

what can AtW be used for, then?

AtW can be used to pay for any support you need to be able to do all parts of your job. examples of the kind of practical support many people need are:

  • travel to and from work support
  • equipment
  • support services such as:
  • BSL interpreters
  • support workers
  • reader/guides
  • job coaches
  • travel buddies
  • personal assistants
  • notetakers

please go to our support pages for more details about appa’s support services.

so how do I apply for AtW?

appa can support you with applying for and getting AtW funded provision. we can work with you to identify what you as an individual require to meet your disability and hearing needs in the workplace.

get in touch with our friendly, approachable staff at appa today to find out more about AtW, to discuss your needs, or to get started on your AtW application.