What rights do I have as a Deaf person?

Access to Work (AtW)

Access to Work is a Government scheme for Disabled people that can help to pay towards equipment at work, adapting premises to meet disability needs, or a support worker. It may also be available for paying towards an interpreter at job interviews. The employer is responsible for arranging the ‘reasonable adjustments’ the Deaf person may need, and costs can then be claimed back through the AtW scheme (as long as the costs have been approved beforehand by AtW).

For more information on AtW, please go to:


Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010 is the law which bans unfair treatment and helps achieve equal opportunities in the workplace and in wider society.

A guide to the Equality Act 2010 in BSL (Flash Player required)

The Equality Act 2010 – from the Government Equalities Office

The Equality Act 2010 – Guidance downloads from the Equality and Human Rights Commission


It was a pleasure to work with the interpreter and I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone seeking an interpreting service.