The Orchardville Company
Case Study - Mark
The Orchardville Company is a company limited by guarantee with social firm status. It is under the umbrella of the Orchardville Society, a charity that assists young people and adults with Learning Disability and Autistic Spectrum Disorder prepare for and secure employment. At present 25% of the work force have a learning disability including Mark who started a part time job earlier this year. Mark applied for the position of domestic assistant and a number of reasonable adjustments were made to enable Mark to accept the position.
Firstly Mark completed a six week work trial in order for him to decide if he liked the job and what support requirements he would need. At the end of the trial a meeting was held involving Mark, his Employment Officer and the manager to discuss the outcome of the work trial and what reasonable adjustments would be required including:
The purchase of different mops as Mark found it very difficult to use the industrial mops. This minor adjustment enabled Mark to confidently carry out this aspect of the job to the same standard of cleanliness and at minimal cost to the employer.
Mark also found it difficult to complete all the tasks within the three hours per day he was scheduled to work. The employer agreed to increase Marks hours by 30 minutes per day to enable him to comfortably complete all the tasks and not feel under pressure.
Mark continues to work at the Orchardville Company and is supported by the Orchardville Society Employment and Skills Service.