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Links and resources




Links and resources


The site for and by adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

ACAS Neurodiversity

ACAS has produced a research report on neurodiversity in the workplace which seeks to identify policies and practices  that may help people  flourish within a diverse workforce.

Access to Work

An Access to Work grant can pay for practical support if you have a disability, health or mental health condition to help you: start working, stay in work, move into self-employment or start a business. There is also provider guidance to support the prime provider in the delivery of the Access to Work programme.

Asperger Management

Asperger Management aims to provide support for people with Asperger Syndrome (AS) working in senior, white-collar professional management positions to enhance and promote personal development to enable the full potential of an AS Manager to be realised.

Autistic UK

The first national campaigning organisation in the UK run by and for autistic people.

BBC Radio 4 One to One programme

17 February 2015

John Harris of The Guardian talks to autism specialist, Professor Simon Baron-Cohen.

BBC Radio 4 One to One programme

30 November 2015

John Harris from the Guardian talks to university researcher, Penny Andrews, who, after a difficult childhood and adolescence, was finally diagnosed as autistic in her early thirties.

British Dyslexia Association

The BDA is the voice of dyslexic people. We aim to influence government and other institutions to promote a dyslexia friendly society, that enables dyslexic people of all ages to reach their full potential.

Helpline: 0333 405 4567 Monday-Friday 10:00-13:00 and 13:30-16:00 Wednesday: 10:00-13:00

An initial assessment in the form of a checklist is available at BDA website, which would give an indication of whether a more formal assessment is required. BDA would be able to provide this as well, for a fee.


Definition and support of dyscalculia and the British Dyslexia Association website - see above. There is also research findings, FAQs and an online test (there is a cost) at The Dyscalculia Centre. See also “My world without numbers” a video by Line Rothmann, who explains how dyscalculia has affected her life and her mechanisms for dealing with it.

Dyslexia Action

Dyslexia Action is a national charity providing support to people with literacy and numeracy difficulties, dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties.

Offers assessments and screening and a free 30 minute advice session 

Dyslexia in the Workplace Presentation

A presentation by Gary Fitzgibbon of Fitzgibbon Associates on dealing with dyslexia within the workplace. Dyslexic adults can be found working effectively at the highest levels in many occupational areas. Successful dyslexics are often viewed as people who achieved their good results in spite of their dyslexia. In reality, however, many successful dyslexics are successful because of their dyslexia.

Dyspraxia Foundation

The Foundation seeks every opportunity to increase understanding of Dyspraxia and encourages its local groups to do the same. Provides advice and guidance for adults with dyspraxia and also advice on dyspraxia in the workplace. Helpline: 01462 454986 Monday to Friday 09:00-17:00

Dyspraxia support: The Two Dyspraxics

With videos, information, workshops and therapy, The Two Dyspraxics (CIC Ass.) are raising awareness of dyspraxia and supporting those who have the condition.

Fitzgibbon Associates

A London-based firm of business psychologists providing individuals and organisations with comprehensive services in adult dyslexia and other invisible disabilities. The organisation will provide professional assessments, for a fee.

Key 4 Learning

Key 4 Learning provides skills, resources and information to promote understanding of hidden disabilities, including Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Attention Differences and Autistic Spectrum Disorders.


Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. Includes advice and guidance on mentally healthy workplaces.

National Autistic Society

NAS is the leading UK charity for autistic people (including those with Asperger syndrome) and their families. They provide information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for autistic people. Helpline: 0808 804 104 Monday-Thursday 10:00-16:00 and Friday 09:00-15:00

NAS also provide advice and guidance on diagnosis

Prospect guidance

Negotiators’ Guide to Disability Equality

Access All Areas - policy and checklist for Prospect events

Equality Briefings:

Neurodiversity and organisational change

Neurodiversity and discrimination

Disability Discrimination and Appraisal & Performance Systems

Pre-employment health questions

Advice on monitoring disability 

TUC guidance

TUC guide on Dyslexia in the Workplace

Trade unions and disabled members: why the social model matters

Autism in the Workplace

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Equality Act guidance

The Unusual Suspects

A video made by members of West Midlands Fire Service. All of them are professional, successful individuals, all are also dyslexic. They volunteered to speak openly about their dyslexia, for some this was the first time they have openly spoken about the challenges they have faced and overcome due to dyslexia. Please take time to watch and be inspired by their stories and share them with others.

A Toolbox for Managing Neurodiversity (ND)

A presentation by Garry Fitzgibbon of Fitzgibbon Associates on dealing with neurodiverse conditions within the workplace.

Adult Dyslexia: A guide for the workplace

Edited extracts from the book by Gary Fitzgibbon and Brian O'Connor (copyright permission granted)