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The government has taken steps to safeguard people with disabilities such as autism, by bringing in the Equality Act, placing a legal duty to make reasonable adjustments. Employers must ensure it doesn’t place a disabled person at a substantial disadvantage compared with people who are not disabled.

Employers and those looking to start work across the UK are increasingly using Brain in Hand. Our system is packed with features to help people reduce anxiety, remember events, feel supported and to step into work and stay there.

Its making a difference to people working at companies as diverse as Marks&Spencer, NFU Mutual, Defra, the Dogs Trust and Asda. It even helped Alan and Erica on BBC’s Employable Me.

Take a look at our workplace brochure Supporting You At Work.


Ready to recommend Brain in Hand?

Get started now by accessing free training for needs assessors – COMING SOON or by downloading our step by step guide – COMING SOON for recommending Brain in Hand.

You can also find out more about Brain in Hand and get support with the recommendation process below.



If you have any questions about recommending Brain in Hand licences or Specialist AT Training, please email us on or
call 01392 247909 to speak to a member of our team.

Find Out More

View and share Supporting You At Work for an overview of the Workplace Edition.

Then, there are a number of ways in which you can get a better understanding of Brain in Hand.


Firstly, if you or any colleagues are interested in finding out more we’d be delighted to arrange a call or to provide you with some free training directly:

  • Full Training Session – If you have a training time scheduled in the near future we would be happy to visit and provide a CPD session for you and your team (this would typically last 90 minutes and include interactive sessions and online demonstrations)
  • Online Awareness Session – schedule an online training session for you and any interested colleagues to provide an overview (this would last around 50minutes)
  • Join a webinar – you are welcome to join one of our scheduled webinars.  Visit our webinar page to book a place – WORKPLACE WEBINARS COMING SOON.


Secondly, view and share our short taster clip, to give you an overview of Brain in Hand.
This video is being updated – COMING SOON


Thirdly, view and share the videos within our ‘Resources for Students’ section below to hear from students using Brain in Hand.  You may also like to visit our Case Studies page.


These, and many more resources for users with Brain in Hand, are also available on our User Support Page.


Please call us on 01392 247909 or email us at to discuss how we can help.


Assessing and Recommending

Full details to support your assessment and recommendation can be found below.

Please also download and print our step by step guide – COMING SOON for recommending Brain in Hand.



Brain in Hand is ideal for people who sometimes struggle to make decisions about and respond quickly to everyday challenges or who need strategies put in place to manage anxiety, day to day activities and situations.

Brain in Hand is suitable for people with a wide range of difficulties or diagnoses, including those with:

  • Autistic Spectrum Conditions
    including Asperger syndrome and other Pervasive Development Disorders such as PDA and PDD-NOS
  • Acquired brain injury and to support the recovery from and management of some neurological conditions
  • Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs)
    including Dyslexia and Attention Deficit Disorder(s)
  • Mental health difficulties
    including to support recovery and the management of anxiety or mood disorders.

Please view our resources (below) for videos and demonstrations you can provide to people during their needs assessment in order to determine interest and suitability.



The user’s Brain in Hand account can be accessed via a secure website using any internet browser – no software installation is required.

The free Brain in Hand app can be downloaded from the:

  • Apple App Store onto iOS devices (version 8+)
  • Google Play Store onto Android devices (version 4.0.3+).

For a guide to downloading the app and information about compatibility please click here.


Making Recommendations

Brain in Hand allows users to identify situations where they have difficulty, plan strategies in advance and input them into their secure website. Smartphone technology means these are always available through the Brain in Hand app to refer to when needed, reinforce strategies and keep their learning on track.  A Traffic Light system enables the monitoring and review of progress to inform strategy development as the student’s needs change.

Brain in Hand University Workplace can support people to implement strategies to overcome the following difficulties:

✔  Concentration                   ✔  Physical health

✔  Energy levels                     ✔  Remembering tasks

✔  Time management           ✔  Organisation

✔  Social Interaction             ✔  Confidence

✔  Mood changes                   ✔  Motivation

✔  Short-term memory         ✔  Communication

✔  Problem solving                ✔  Learning new skills

✔  Managing change             ✔  Sensory difficulties

✔  Prioritising                         ✔  Requesting help.

People may therefore use Brain in Hand to reinforce and implement strategies they develop independently, with their workplace supporter or line manager, or with another supporter or service.  In addition, Brain in Hand helps people to reduce their anxiety, and increase their independence.


Collaboration with Workplace Supporters

It may be useful to include reference within the Needs Assessment recommendations for known Workplace Supporters to encourage the person’s use of Brain in Hand to review difficulties and develop strategies.  For example, they may support the person to:

  • Review the timeline – to gain insight into patterns of anxiety or difficulty, and to reinforce positive achievements
  • Input strategies into the website – to reinforce strategies developed and encourage their use independently, outside of support sessions
  • Record problems faced and solutions used, via the app – to highlight difficulties earlier and inform the content of support sessions.

To provide Workplace Supporters with information and support using Brain in Hand please view and share What is Brain in Hand? and our Workplace Supporter Guide.


What does the Brain in Hand user get?

Individuals with Brain in Hand Workplace Edition will receive:

  • Licence and secure website storage (annual licence)
  • Smartphone / tablet device app and synchronisation
  • Specialist AT Training and set-up support
  • Ongoing remote support from a Brain in Hand Service Partner, employer or other supporter.


Quoting for Brain in Hand

Access to Work funding for Brain in Hand Workplace Edition is available for a range of people.

We would be more than happy to talk with individuals directly to help determine the best package of support for their needs.

Please contact us on to talk to us about a potential new referral or to request a tailored quote for a specific individual.


Alternatively, download one of the generic quotes below to include in your Needs Assessment Report recommendations if needed:





What happens next?

Brain in Hand will:

  • Confirm the provision being funded by Access to Work / the employer
  • Contact the user to register their details
  • Activate the licence and provide links by email
  • Deliver Specialist AT Training (plus any Specialist Workplace Assessment) to support the user to set up and evolve their account
  • Collaborate with the student’s workplace support team (with the user’s permission)
  • Provide anonymised evidence of use / benefit to Access to Work / employers to renew the licence subscription annually.


If you are notifying us of a new workplace user who has been recommended Brain in Hand as part of their Access to Work support please:


Resources to support assessments

During the workplace assessment it may be beneficial to visit our case studies page to hear from some of our users about how Brain in Hand has helped, or to show the individual one of our short video clips (below) to provide an overview of how people are using their technology and the benefits it may bring:

  • Hear Rosie King talk to the BBC’s ‘The One Show’ about using Brain in Hand to support her as she goes to university for the first time


  • See feedback from a range of our service users from a variety of settings


  • Hear about The National Autistic Society’s work with Brain in Hand and from Daggy, a final year student, talking about Brain in Hand has supported her on her degree


These, and many more resources for individuals using Brain in Hand, are also available on our User Support page.


Demonstration accounts

We would be happy to create an example account so your assessment centre can demonstrate the app.

This pre-populated account and will give an illustration of some of the strategies an employee may input into their Brain in Hand.

Please be aware though, the app is only one component of the system and (a training session is recommended in order to gain full insight into how this works in conjunction with the other elements).

Please email us or call 01392 247909 to speak to request a demonstration account.


Employees funded for Brain in Hand

If you receive confirmation that an individual has been funded for Brain in Hand as part of their Access to Work Support Provision please:


  • Brain in Hand has helped me to solve all sorts of problems by myself, which has really built my confidence. For example, I have an issue with eye contact when I talk with friends. To solve this, I plan in advance what I can say to a person, which is something I put into my Brain in Hand.

    Brain in Hand user

    Read our case studies ›
  • I wish that there had been something like this when I was a headteacher of a challenging school for those individuals who were either autistic or suffered from anxiety. It would have added another level of support.

    Parent of a Brain in Hand user

    Read our case studies ›
  • “We can use Brain in Hand to help people to achieve those outcomes and use the data from the system to demonstrate this: You put the same things into Brain in Hand that are being measured by the council.”

    Brain in Hand user

    Read our case studies ›

Latest News

Brain in Hand at The Huntercombe Group

From specialist centres across the UK, the Huntercombe Group looks after almost 800 people with mental health problems, a learning difficulty or brain injury. Read our case study to understand how after adopting Brain in Hand, there’s been a decline in disruptive behaviour, a reduction in incidents and fewer physical restraints amongst users.


Brain in Hand selected to improve care in the NHS

Brain in Hand has been named as one of the companies in this year’s Digital Health Accelerator programme, designed to help the rapid adoption of technology in the NHS. Over the past two years the Digital Health London Accelerator programme has helped the rapid adoption of technology in the NHS and saved £50 million. Based read more


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Our case studies

Employable Me's Erica won't go to work without her Brain in Hand

Erica, 46 from the Wirral was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome when she was 32. She has been unemployed for the past six years. Erica finds social interaction at work hard, she feels people don't always understand her and sometimes see her as being less intelligent, because of her facial expressions. Read more >>

Read all of our case studies