Understanding Access to Work: Supporting ADHD & Neurodivergence in the Workplace

Access to Work is an invaluable resource for those with physical or mental health conditions – but not everyone knows about the awards and it’s benefits, or how to access them.  

Funded through the UK Government, this program provides essential assistance for those with physical or mental health conditions, ensuring their ability to enter or remain in the workforce. 

It can be particularly helpful for those navigating neurodivergent conditions such as ADHD, ASD, and dyslexia, or mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety, or permanent or temporary conditions that may affect your mobility, eye-sight, or hearing.  You do not require a formal diagnosis to receive an award.  Access to Work can apply awards that can fund coaching and any accommodations you or your employer may need to support you in your role. 

With grants reaching up to £66,000 annually, Access to Work facilitates employment by covering practical support you may need for starting work, staying employed, or transitioning into self-employment or entrepreneurship. 

Who Can Apply?

Anyone UK resident, aged 16 and over who is engaged in full-time or part-time employment, or about to start or return to employment in the next 12 weeks, or self-employed, is eligible to apply. 

When you apply, it is a good idea to speak to your employers and your human resources team as they will be required to contribute approximately 20% towards the funding and can assist you with the application. 

Alternatively, those who are self-employed can apply directly. 

A diagnosis isn’t necessary, but you’re required to describe in your application how your condition presents challenges in your role. When filling out the application, aim for honesty and thoroughness to ensure you receive the support you need.

Types of Support Available:

Access to Work offers a diverse range of support tailored to your individual needs, for example, financial assistance for practical work support, mental health management support, and funding for communication aids during job interviews. 

Those with ADHD have successfully secured support such as ADHD coaching, assistive technology and equipment, travel assistance, mental health support, and workplace adaptations.

ADHD Coaching:

Access to Work provides financial support for ADHD coaching services, ranging from 6 to 26 weeks. ADHD coaching sessions should be conducted by trained professionals who specialise in ADHD management and strategies. Through coaching, you can develop coping mechanisms, organisational skills, time management techniques, and other strategies to enhance work performance.

Assistive Technology and Equipment:

Funding is available for assistive technology and equipment to aid concentration, organisation, and productivity. Examples include noise-canceling headphones, text readers, and mind-mapping software.

Travel and Transportation Support:

Access to Work can assist with transportation to and from work, alleviating challenges associated with commuting.

Mental Health Support:

The program offers mental health services to manage stress and anxiety associated with ADHD.

Workplace Adaptations:

Access to Work helps negotiate workplace adjustments, such as quieter workspaces or flexible working hours, to accommodate your individual needs.

How to Apply:

If you suspect you have ADHD, or have already received a diagnosis, or contend with any other condition impacting your ability to fulfil your role effectively, you can apply for Access to Work through the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) website here.

Should you desire further discussion on the process, or once your funding is secured, don’t hesitate to reach out to me here to schedule your discovery call regarding ADHD coaching and the assistance I can provide you.  As a Counsellor (MBACP) and an ADHD Coach at, Association of Coaching, I specialise in supporting individuals navigating workplace challenges, ready to offer you the necessary support.