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AAC (communication device) in the workplace.

AuJHpay20 Community member Posts: 1 Listener

hi all

I am looking for advice.

Background: I work in an SEN school, with children and young people who have disabilities. I have worked there for four years. I myself have autism and ocd. (employer is aware)

I recently asked my employer for a reasonable adjustment which was to be able to use my communication device at work as my verbal shutdowns/non speaking episodes/not talking are becoming longer (up to 30 minutes to 2 hours)

I offered to have the IT team look at my device to ensure that it was safe to be in school and that it would only be used as and when needed to support me to effectively communicate with staff members and the children.

Employer has said no due to the fact that I must talk in setting because that is how children learn and understand and that I will not be able to effectively communicate with other staff members, pupils and parents with my communication device.

Other accommodations that have been suggested to me by my employer are

  • Take another day off a week (I can not financially afford this at the moment, I have took my pip claim to tribunal)

  • Find a non pupil facing role in school instead e.g pot washing or odd jobs around site.

  • Come into work later and leave earlier (again not financially possible at the moment)

problem is I love my job, I love working with the pupils and supporting them with their journeys. It’s good rewarding work. At the minute I am coming home in tears appsolutly shattered

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