BSc (Hons) Technology, Dip.DesIn, Dip.SysPrac
Inclusive Access Management Consultant
- Access Consultancy and Facility Management
- Access To Work Scheme
- Access for Everyone (Access Audits)
- A Guide to the preparation of a PEEP
Access Consultancy and Facility Management
Gordon Clarke has a Bachelor of Science Degree (BSc) in Technology. His specialist areas are Inclusive Design and Management Systems in a disability inclusive context. He has also completed the Access Audit Course with the Centre for Accessible Environments in London. In addition to access requirements, Gordon is currently learning British Sign Language (BSL) to further his understanding and appreciation of inclusive environments specifically relating to people. Recently, Gordon published an article in "Means of Escape" regarding Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEPs). To find out more about PEEPs please go to the bottom of this page. If you want to go to the article please follow this link "PEEP Article"
In additon, Gordon is a Parish Councillor and serves on the Planning Committee of the local Parish Council.
Besides acting as an Inclusive Access Management Consultant providing recommendations for access for those with disabilities, Gordon Clarke also has an interest in promoting the concept of Inclusive Design within the built environment.
If your business requires accessibility to be considered within it's core business - please make contact by pressing the Contact Details button on the left of this text and this will provide you with the opportunity to communicate with Gordon Clarke via e-mail - he will be able to assist you in reaching your goal. If you would like to discuss a more comprehensive package including facilities management of your business or other related business sites then please send details to Access4u2 Limited, PO Box 500, Sevenoaks, Kent. TN14 7WR (UK) or contact us by the methods shown on the Contact Details page.
Access to Work Scheme
Access to Work does not replace the normal responsibilities of the employer to implement Health & Safety regulations or replace the responsibilities required by the Disability Discrimination Act.
Access to Work is available when additional costs are incurred because of a disability. It cannot be used to provide support usually provided by employers or required under legislation for all their employees. An Access to Work solution is individually tailored to meet the disability needs of the disabled employee in the workplace. The Disability Act 1995 puts a duty on employers to take any steps that are reasonable to reduce or remove any substantial disadvantage that a physical feature of their premises or their employment arrangements causes a disabled employee or job applicant compared with a non-disabled person. This is known as 'reasonable adjustment'. The Access to Work Team or Jobcentre Plus cannot give legal advice on this matter. The fact that Jobcentre Plus is providing help for a disabled employee through Access to Work does not mean that you (as an employer) have satisfied this duty.
Gordon provides Adaptation to Premises Assessments and complex assessments for disabled people under the Access to Work Programme (Access to Work is a Government backed Scheme operated by the DWP through Jobcentre Plus). The Access to Work Scheme differs from Access Auditing in that the Access Audit looks at making the whole site reasonably accessible, whereas the Access to Work Scheme makes the working environment accessible subject to the disability need of the individual. The Access to Work Scheme provides the employer with the oportunity to understand the working environment that excludes disabled people. The Assessment Report will provide detail on either adjustments to management systems and or to the physical environment to assist in a more inclusive atmosphere.
What kind of help can an Access to Work Adviser offer?
- In-depth information on the Access to Work programme including advice which can help disabled people and their employers overcome work related obstacles resulting from disability
- an assessment of your needs and whether Access to Work is appropriate for you
- details of the grant that may be available, through the Jobcentre Plus, towards any extra employment costs which result from disability
If you are not sure how to make contact with the Access To Work Scheme, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or please press the Contact Details button on the left of this text and this will provide you with the opportunity to communicate via e-mail - the process will then be explained. You will be provided with an address and telephone number of an Access To Work Business Centre to assist you with your application.