The government has unveiled a new assistive technology fund to help get more disabled people into work.
Offered as part of the Access to Work programme, the fund will help disabled people and their employers make "significant savings on the cost of assistive technology".
Announced by Minister for Disabled People, Sarah Newton, the programme will provide financial support to ensure those with disabilities and health conditions are not put at a disadvantage in the workplace.
With the fund, people can apply for funding to cover assistive technology, workplace adaptations, transport and interpreters.
In the past, employers had to pay a mandatory fee to get access to government-backed assistive technology funds.
But the government said it is changing that to "to ensure disabled people can benefit from the latest advances in technology".
Newton said assistive technology has "the power to transform lives, helping to break down the barriers disabled people can face at work and so many other areas of their everyday lives".
She continued: "Access to Work is providing support to disabled people across the country, and I hope that through the new Tech Fund more disabled people and their employers will be able to benefit from advances in assistive technology that can help create more inclusive workplaces".
Scottish social worker Paul Luigi Giuntini, who is registered blind and has one hand, said the fund has helped him to invest in cutting-edge assistive technology so that he can do his job.
Through the fund, he has been able to purchase a lightweight camera system from Orcam. Clipped onto the wearer's glasses, it recognises faces and text.
"Access to Work funding is essential for disabled people, as it helps reduce the barriers and difficulties that disabled people face in trying to get into and maintain full-time employment," said Giuntini.
"Without the support of Access to Work, I would not have been able to obtain and sustain my current employment. I believe that this funding should be promoted so that disabled people are given every opportunity to improve their life situation."
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