Access Services

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Access Services

Access Services provides disability related assistance, advice and support to employees and line managers.

The service provides the following:

  • Undertakes access assessments for staff with disabilities
  • Identifies and implements appropriate adjustments to the workplace and workplace practices
  • Secures funding for adjustments working the Department for Work and Pensions.
  • Books communications support for deaf or hard of hearing employees
  • Provides facilitation (human support) such as note-taking

Access to Work

Access Services pays for reasonable adjustments that have been agreed in advance with the individuals and/or line manager and Access Services. Costs are agreed after an assessment has been carried out and after individuals have completed their Access to Work application from gov.uk.

Funding is available for:

  • Equipment
  • Assistive Technology
  • Support Workers
  • Communications Support Workers
  • Travel within work and to and from work
  • Travel Buddies

For further information see the Access Services website on Gateway (available to internal BBC staff only)

Contact Access Services

The service is available from 9 am to 5.30 pm Monday to Friday with a voicemail facility operating out of hours.

Telephone: 0800 082 8080 - Option 8 and then option 1

Email: access.team@bbchrdirect.co.uk

Access Technology

For lots of our disabled staff, accessible technology is crucial to them being able to do their job effectively. The Assistive Technology team provides policies, process, standards and professional advice to staff introducing new technology services into the BBC. The team sets the strategic direction for Assistive Technology to ensure that the BBC uses market leading Technologies, Screen readers, magnifiers, Speech to text, etc. They also provide a comprehensive list of supported Assistive Technology Hardware and software to ensure that needs of all users are met.

Policies and standards guidelines are availale to internal BBC staff only.

Contact Paul Bepey, the Access technology Manager (via internal email) for more information

Systems Accessibility Risk Assessment

Accessibility is a priority at the BBC. We are committed to making the BBC accessible for all staff, irrespective of their level of vision, hearing, dexterity, cognitive skills and mobility.

A key part of this is making sure our software and systems are accessible and our objective is to ensure that all staff (including temporary, contract and freelance staff) can access technology to the same standard.

During 2013 and 2014, divisions are looking at all the systems we currently use in the BBC and that accessibility information will be made available to all staff via the SARA application. Login to SARA:

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