Reasonable adjustments

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“Reasonable adjustments” is the term used in the Equality Act 2010 to indicate the efforts an employer a public sector service or an education provider should seek to provide for people with “protected characteristics.”

Reasonable adjustments are what may be required to enable an indivdual to do their job to their best potential or achieve on their course of study.  They will also help protect an individual against potential discrimination.

Those reasonable adjustments are unique to each employee but might include:

  • small adjustments to shift patterns,
  • a sensitive approach to company targets,
  • changes to the work station, e.g. to help an employee concentrate better,
  • adaptations on the computer, called “assistive technology.”
  • other support aids.

For a student, reasonable adjustments might include:

  • extra time to hand in assignments
  • arrangements to make exams more managable (e.g.extra time, rest breaks or the use of a computer)
  • consideration for difficulties with spelling and grammar in writing.

Reasonable adjustments might require a period of study coaching for a student or job coaching for an employee.

Employers and employees can have help in making reasonable adjustments from Access to Work.  Students with dyslexia are entitled to Disabled Students’ Allowance.

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