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.
The site for and by adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
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.
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 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.
The Westminster AchieveAbility Commission for Dyslexia and Neurodivergence: Neurodiverse Voices: Opening Doors to Employment - Prospect contributed to this report.
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 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.
The first national campaigning organisation in the UK run by and for autistic people.
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.
17 February 2015
John Harris of The Guardian talks to autism specialist, Professor Simon Baron-Cohen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DAN is an umbrella network for adults with dyslexia and other neurodiverse differences. It is a collaboration of the major UK dyslexia charities and user-led organisations, together with nationally recognised specialists. Their principal aims are to remove barriers to success, especially in the workplace and to improve awareness.
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 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.
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.
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
A video channel on YouTube, raising awareness of dyspraxia and supporting those who have the condition.
Epilepsy Action provides support and expert advice, raises awareness and fights for a better deal for people with epilepsy.
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.
Epilepsy Society is the UK’s leading provider of epilepsy services. Through cutting edge research, awareness campaigns, information resources and expert care, they work for everyone affected by epilepsy in the UK. Its stated mission is "to enhance the quality of life of people affected by epilepsy by promoting research, education and public awareness and by delivering specialist medical care and support services."
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.
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.
Independent Dyslexia Consultants works with dyslexic adults. Focus is in developing the individual's skills and abilities to enable them to become more successful. Services include consultancy, training, tuition, coaching and assessment.
Includes a checklist for adults intended to give a preliminary indication of whether problems are dyslexia related. The checklist is not a substitute for full psychological diagnosis, but can highlight if one is needed.
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.
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
NAS "Too Much Information" campaign: "I’m autistic and the fear of unexpected changes can leave me feeling deeply distressed. Sudden changes or breaks in my routine can trigger huge anxiety. But by not staring or judging me, you can make an overwhelming experience feel a little easier."
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.
This is a CIPD guide for HR professionals and leaders across functions who want to learn more about neurodiversity, the benefits for their organisation, and how they can support neurodivergent people to be comfortable and successful at work. Its aims are to raise awareness of neurodiversity in the workplace among employers and also to inspire more employers to action.
This report can be used by policy makers, commissioners, practitioners and employers to apply relevant psychological theory, evidence and practice to design interventions that work with human behaviour to make work more attractive, improve performance, and increase the confidence and satisfaction of employees. Includes guidance covering neurodiversity in the workplace, which aligns with Prospect’s approach.
Scottish Autism offers a range of services for people with autism including education, day and vocational opportunities, supported living, outreach, respite and transitional support.
Negotiators’ Guide to Disability Equality
Prospect's submission to the Westminster AchieveAbility Commission on Recruitment practice for dyslexic and neurodiverse people; opening doors to employment.
Equality Act guidance
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 presentation by Garry Fitzgibbon of Fitzgibbon Associates on dealing with neurodiverse conditions within the workplace.
Edited extracts from the book by Gary Fitzgibbon and Brian O'Connor (copyright permission granted)