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We are TWIP, we provide specialist in-work support for disabled, neurodivergent, and / or chronically ill academics, professionals, and entrepreneurs.

Disabled professionals frequently find their career development is impeded by inaccessible workplaces and inflexible working practices, TWIP can help navigate and remove disabling barriers that hold disabled professionals back from reaching their potential. Inclusive and accessible workplace cultures need supported and effective disabled professionals and leaders, TWIP can help you lead by example.

We understand the day-to-day practicalities that need to be considered when making workplaces accessible, approx. 2/3 of TWIP staff are disabled, chronically ill and / or neurodivergent. We don’t just preach impractical goals, we work to build and maintain the kind of inclusive and supportive working environments that our staff and clients need, while operating remotely across the whole of the UK

For disabled academics

Bespoke support available, including support through the Access to Work funding application process where appropriate. Fees below can be covered by Access to Work funding for eligible workers.

Accessible Research Mentoring for disabled academics who have found their disability has interrupted or disrupted their research progress, this is a structured 12-month programme involving 1:1 specialist mentoring, peer group coaching, and access to virtual co-writing & accountability sessions for 12 months. £2,499 +VAT

Academic Workplace Coping Strategies Coaching accredited specialist coaching for disabled academics. this is a structured 12-month coaching programme, starting with weekly 1:1 coaching sessions setting goals and identifying barriers, reducing gradually to monthly sessions with access to peer and group coaching. Programmes are individually tailored to needs, including specialist coaching for neurodivergence (including mental ill health and brain injury), chronic illness (including Long COVID) £2,499 +VAT

Dispute Resolution Advocacy for academics whose disability makes engaging directly with their employers’ dispute resolution and administrative processes, we offer compassionate and trauma-informed advocacy. Frequently recommended by OH professionals for employees with C/PTSD, Autism and similar impairments. Contact us for a quotation for costs to the employer.

Auxiliary Services we can supply, train and manage Specialist Support Workers / Job Aides / Personal Readers and manage full Access to Work administration. Contact us for a quotation

For employers

Training on-site, remote, and digital training on disability inclusion, avoiding and resolving disability disputes, and effectively identifying and implementing reasonable adjustments. Access to Work may be able to fund training provision where required for specific disabled workers.

Workplace Assessment & Advice independent expert assessment of workplace, procedures & processes, and job roles, both on an organisational level and in respect of an individual disabled employee.

OH & HR Referral Scheme for new starters or existing disabled employees, including support for navigating Access to Work applications and assessment, training of relevant key HR & OH personnel and liaison with line management as required.

Disability Dispute Resolution independent and transparent investigations with a solution-focussed, non-adversarial approach, focusing on identifying individual needs and proposing creative organisational approaches.
Not suitable for employers who are opposed in principle to offering apologies and making amends, or who are more concerned with looking like they did the right thing than actually doing the right thing!

For disability practitioners

Coach Training – Coaching Neurodivergent Workers
Association for Coaching Accredited Coach Training for workplace coaches working with neurodivergent workers.
Research-led training that brings together research on neurodivergence, employment relations, HRM, management practice, dispute resolution, and employment law, to equip coaches with an emancipatory and pragmatic framework for working with neurodivergent clients navigating neurotypical working environments and structures.

Coach Training – Academic Coaching for Neurodivergent Researchers & Students (incl. PGR)
Association for Coaching Accredited Coach Training for academic coaches working with neurodivergent researchers or students, aimed at meeting the new criteria for SFE DSA Coach / Mentor Suppliers.

Coach Supervision for disability coaches
Specialist supervision for disability coaches working in employment or academic contexts, including opportunities for group supervision and peer support programme.