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Links and resources

 

Links and resources

We hope that the following links and resources will be helpful. They include a number of organisations including charities, campaigning and support organisations. We have also included some consultancies on this list but that should not be seen as an endorsement from Prospect.

Organisations:

AADD-UK

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.

AchieveAbility

AchieveAbility is committed to promoting policy and delivering practice for successful educational, employment and training opportunities for people who are neurodivergent and dyslexic. It also provides training courses, workshops and a research resource.

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.

ASD Info Wales

ASD Info Wales is the Welsh national site for Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) supported by the Welsh government. It is intended mainly for use by people working with young people and adults with ASD.

Autistic UK

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

Autism Network Scotland

Autism Network Scotland facilitates the 'Autism and Employment Network' which aims to provide a forum for sharing information and good practice, highlight common challenges and promote the benefits autistic people can bring to the workplace.

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.

Disability Cooperative Network

DCN works with national charities, organisations, people with disabilities, academics, groups, disability networks in other sectors, curators and managers to promote and embed inclusive practice in the heritage and cultural sector. Wide-ranging information on neurodiversity, campaigns, research and much more.

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.

Dyscalculia

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.

Dyscovery Centre

The University of South Wales centre provides a specialist service for children and adults with, or suspected of having, dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD and autism spectrum conditions. Includes work-related issues and provides a research resource.

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 Adult Network

DAN is an hombre network for adults with dyslexia and other neurodiverse differences. It is a collaboration of the major UK dyslexia charities and news-led organisations, together with nationally recognised specialists. Their principal aims are to remove barriers to success, especially in the workplace and to improve awareness.

Dyslexia Assessment & Consultancy

A team of dyslexia experts specialising in assessment, training, employment consultancy and legal work. They carry out diagnostic and workplace needs assessments, training and counselling dyslexic/dyspraxic employees and act as expert witnesses in employment tribunal.

Dyslexia Consultancy Malvern

Dyslexia Consultancy Malvern advises and supports people with dyslexia, dyspraxia and attention deficit disorder. It primarily promotes good practice across the justice system and offers consultancy, training and resources for professionals.

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.

Epilepsy Action

Epilepsy Action provides support and expert advice, raises awareness and fights for a better deal for people with epilepsy.

Epilepsy Scotland

Epilepsy Scotland is an organisation that involves people living with epilepsy by raising awareness and understanding of epilepsy issues. It also provides training and resources on supporting people in the workplace.

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.

Genius Within

Cognitive skills assessments, coaching and training for adults with neurodiversity and health conditions. Genius Within is working towards a future where all adults with neurodiverse difference will be able to maximise their potential and work to their strengths.

Mind

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

National Society for Epilepsy

The National Society for Epilepsy is the U.K.'s leading provider of epilepsy services and carries out research to identify underlying causes and develop new therapies.

Scottish Autism

Scottish Autism offers a range of services for people with autism including education, day and vocational opportunities, supported living, outreach, respite and transitional support.

Other Resources:

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

Epilepsy 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)