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Advice needed for a newbie

sheephops Community member Posts: 2 Listener
I have a job that requires me to talk. A LOT. I have recently acquired a condition that means that sometimes I cannot speak (it's random and unpredictable). I've been off work for several months (partly to do with this new condition and partly because the meds the medics gave me damaged my liver. Long story). Having recently returned to work, I'm now experiencing what it's like to not be able to talk at work and it's not good from the point of view that someone has to step in whenever it happens - something that the workplace's budget, in reality, cannot sustain. I cannot see how this is going to get any better. Reasonable adjustments are all very well, but when I cannot talk I am unable to fulfil the job. Is there a chance of medical retirement with something like this or an I barking up the wrong tree?


  • Hannah_Alumni
    Hannah_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,912 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @sheephops

    Welcome to the community! :) I am sorry to hear you have been so unwell. Have you got support around you? It's great to hear your workplace are helping with adjustments. Can I ask, would the company allow any software or equipment that will translate text to speech? 

    Scope has a page on ill health retirement that you may find helpful to read :) 
    Hannah - She / Her

    Online Community Coordinator @ Scope

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  • sheephops
    sheephops Community member Posts: 2 Listener
    Hi Hannah, thanks for your response. Yes, I do have help around me and a good union rep at work. The idea of software for text to speech is definitely worth a try and is an adjustment that we should talk about, however my context might not make it the ideal as I'm moving around a lot (I'm also physically disabled (I walk with a rollator), which adds to the rich tapestry here). Any other ideas?


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