Get Smart ADHD Support with Access to Work

By Ian Anderson Gray

Smart ADHD Podcast

Episode 10

Duration: 13 minutes 19 seconds

Episode Theme: Content

Full Transcript

June 6, 2024

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There’s something that’s really helped me in my business as someone with ADHD. Unfortunately, this is only available in the UK. But, if you’re outside the UK, it’s still worth reading on to see if help is available where you are. It’s called Access to Work.

In this episode of the Smart ADHD Podcast, I delve into the UK government's Access to Work scheme and how it’s transformed my business. Diagnosed with ADHD at age 46, I share my journey through the application process, the incredible support I received, and tips to help you navigate this scheme effectively.

In this episode:

  • [0:00] Introduction: The Key to Business Success
  • [0:21] Welcome to the Smart ADHD Podcast
  • [1:30] Exploring the Access to Work Scheme
  • [2:15] Eligibility and Benefits of the Scheme
  • [2:53] Personal Experiences and Challenges
  • [5:04] Application Process and Tips
  • [6:40] Navigating Payment and Support
  • [9:18] Finding the Right Assistant
  • [12:58] Conclusion and Final Thoughts

Understanding the Access to Work Scheme

The Access to Work scheme is a lifeline for anyone with a disability or health condition, including ADHD. But what exactly is it? Essentially, it’s a government grant designed to help people overcome work-related obstacles resulting from their condition. This can include anything from specialised coaching to assistive technology and even virtual assistants.

The first step is understanding whether you’re eligible. Generally, you need to be employed or self-employed and have a disability or health condition that makes work difficult. Once you’re deemed eligible, the scheme opens up a world of support options tailored to meet your specific needs.

My Personal Journey with ADHD and Access to Work

Diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 46, I faced numerous challenges in managing my business. From struggling with organisation to battling procrastination, it was a tough ride. However, the Access to Work scheme turned out to be a game changer.

One of the most valuable supports I received was coaching, which helped me develop strategies to manage my ADHD symptoms effectively. Additionally, the scheme funded virtual assistants who took over some of the more difficult and mundane tasks, allowing me to focus on the creative aspects of my business.

Tips for Navigating the Application Process

Applying for the Access to Work scheme can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some tips to make the process smoother:

  • Be Prepared: Gather all necessary documentation, including medical evidence of your condition and details about your employment.
  • Be Specific: Clearly outline the difficulties you face at work and the types of support you think would help. The more specific you are, the better.
  • Follow Up: After submitting your application, follow up regularly to check on its progress. Persistence pays off!

Navigating the payment and support aspects might also seem tricky. But remember, the scheme is there to help, and there are resources available, such as Headstuff ADHD and ViVa, that can offer additional guidance.

Finding the right assistant is another crucial step. This person will play a significant role in your daily operations, so take your time to find someone who understands your needs and can offer the right support.

What’s Your Experience?

What’s your biggest challenge with setting up your content creation studio? Share your thoughts in the comments section below, and don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast for more valuable insights!

Watch Episode 10


[0:00] Ian: What's the most important thing that's going to help you in your business. And for me, that's been absolutely working with an assistant an assistant helping me with all the tasks that I really struggle with on a day to day basis.

[0:12] I had to get over this feeling of like I'm taking government handouts and surely there are lots of other people that are more deserving of this than me. And look, I've been doing alright...

[0:21] Hello, I'm Ian Anderson Gray, and this is the smart ADHD podcast.

Ian Anderson Gray

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