Access To Work
WHAT IS THIS SESSION ABOUT:
A thorough and in-depth look at the current Access to Work situation which is having a huge affect on the Deaf community in the UK.
This session includes guidance on how we can support Deaf people being affected by the changes, where and how to complain and evidence and reports from the Select Committee.
This information can also act for a useful reference for how these issues can go through Parliament and how change can be made.
Darren has been working as a Registered Sign Language Interpreter (RSLI) for many years, working in assorted community settings including legal, mental health and medical. He also interprets in professional settings such as conferences, training events and in the workplace.
Prior to working freelance, Darren held various senior roles with different interpreting agencies. In addition to his interpreting commitments, he leads various training courses either in his own right or jointly with his equally experienced colleague, Ben Phillips (RSLI).
Darren is reliable, professional and he makes the people he works for feel at ease. He has a regular client base because everyone who works with Darren knows they can rely on him to do a good job and to interpret information accurately. More recently, his deaf friends and colleagues told him of their frustrations regarding the unfair and inappropriate decisions being made by advisers under the Access to Work (AtW) scheme. Budget cuts in the scheme were preventing deaf people from having equal access in the workplace. As a result he has created his own website in support and has been active in the campaign for change in the scheme. Darren has voluntarily scrutinised the complex official AtW Guidance and has condensed it all into a much more accessible form and put it on his website. The information is also available on his website in British Sign Language and includes information on how to challenge those AtW decisions if you disagree with them. This resource has been viewed thousands of times and has become a valuable source of information.