Dyspraxia Dynamo – project in a box

About the project

Dyspraxia Dynamo was a project to build the self-advocacy and employability skills of adults with dyspraxia across the country. Participants attended a one-day workshop which was delivered by our partner Key 4 Learning and was supported by the provision of various hand-outs and resources on the day. Afterwards participants were given the opportunity to talk to a mentor who would help them to find a volunteer or work placement to enable them to practice their new skills.

Adult and Community Learning Fund and Dyspraxia Foundation Logos

A second part of the project was to develop a resource pack for employers/ potential employers/work placement coordinators to explain the benefits and challenges of working with adults who have dyspraxia. We built on our existing resources and knowledge to produce this material and held a stakeholder event to refine our resources prior to publication.

Finally, as part of our project we held a series of one-off awareness raising sessions for students in health & social care and education to help them better understand dyspraxia in the hope that they would become advocates for people with dyspraxia in their future careers.

Planned outcomes for learners

Dyspraxia Dynamo provided the opportunity for adults with dyspraxia to:

  • Better understand their condition and meet others also living with dyspraxia
  • Understand the assessment process and what the findings mean
  • Increase understanding of disability legislation and how it applies to themselves
  • Explore tactics and reasonable adjustments
  • Find out what help is available in the workplace
  • Explore the benefits/challenges of disclosing a diagnosis of dyspraxia to employers/potential employers

We also hoped that the sessions we delivered to health/social care/education students would help participants to:

  • Have a greater awareness of dyspraxia and the impact it can have on all aspects of a person’s life
  • Think about how they might be able to support students/colleagues/employees with dyspraxia in the future

Timetable

Month 1 & 2 Identifying volunteer project lead; appointing the project administrator and evaluator; liaising with our partner key 4 learning about workshop content; clarifying role descriptions and liaison with partner colleges re their involvementInitial publicity about the projectRecruitment of potential participants via social media and local contacts
Month 3 First workshop delivered for adults with dyspraxia2 awareness raising workshops for health/social care/education students
Month 4 Delivery of 2 further workshops
Month 5 Delivery of 2 final workshops
Month 6 Stakeholder event, impact report

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resources needed

  • Project administrator – 300 hours
  • Project management – 12 days
  • Workshop leader costs – 10 days (workshops/ student sessions, plus preparation of materials)
  • Production of employers pack – 3 days
  • Additional volunteer time – 200 hours
  • Printing of resources for employers
  • Venue costs for each workshop
  • Volunteer expenses
  • Publicity/communication costs
  • Project evaluation/film production costs
  • Stakeholder event costs (including accommodation and expenses for those attending)

Publicity

  • A general press release about the project was circulated nationally
  • Download our press release
  • We created a flier for each workshop that was emailed to our members and professional contacts.
  • Download our flyer and Download our booking form
  • Information about the project was posted on our website with links from our Facebook and Twitter accounts
  • Members and volunteers were asked to promote the workshops through their own contacts
  • Information was sent to relevant organisations in each workshop area, including Job Centres, volunteer bureaus and local colleges
  • Press releases were sent to local papers in each workshop area

Course outline – Learner Workshops

  • Introduction to Dyspraxia Dynamo and the workshop aims
  • What is neurodiversity?
  • What is dyspraxia?
  • What goes on in the brain?
  • Challenges experienced by people with dyspraxia
  • Gross motor
  • Fine motor
  • Visual processing
  • Verbal dyspraxia
  • Sensory sensitivity
  • Social skills
  • Concentration
  • Self-esteem
  • Diagnosis of dyspraxia and understanding your assessment report
  • Reframing “difficulty” to “different ability”
  • Introduction to disability legislation
  • Equality Act
  • Reasonable adjustments
  • Strategies and tactics
  • Moving function from areas of difficulty to ones of strength
  • Minimising activity in areas of difficulty
  • Using tactics to bridge difficulties
  • Avenues of support
  • Access to Work
  • Work Choice
  • Disabled Students Allowance
  • Disclosure and a new job
  • Whether to disclose, how to disclose and when

Resources

For further information about Dyspraxia Dynamo please contact:

Email head office about the Dynamo Project.

Follow us on Facebook pages for the Dyspraxia Foundation and the Adult Support Group and Twitter

The Dyspraxia Foundation on facebook The Dyspraxia Foundation Facebook page

The Dyspraxia Foundation on facebook National Adult Support Group Facebook page

The Dyspraxia Foundation on twitter The Dyspraxia Foundation Twitter page