Dyspraxia Awareness Week 2019

Dyspraxia in Adulthood

6th - 12th October 2019

Join in with the conversation with #dyspraxia19

Dyspraxia Awareness Week 2019 - Headline

Third of Adults seeking an assessment for dyspraxia were told that their GP could not help

Our campaign calls for equality of access to diagnostic assessments for adults likely to have dyspraxia.

Dyspraxia Foundation this week announces findings from a new survey which reveals a startling inequality of access to diagnostic assessments for adults likely to have dyspraxia – a form of developmental coordination disorder that can also affect planning, organisation and speech.

To read our press release and to find out more please visit our announcement page
Please contact us directly for further information via the e-mail link above or call us on 01462 455016.

Adult Conference - Birmingham - 26th October 2019

Places are filling fast for our dedicated Adults Conference in under two weeks! We recommend securing your place as soon as possible to guarantee you place! 

We are hosting a dedicated event led by adults with dyspraxia for adults with dyspraxia as we focus on raising awareness of dyspraxia in adulthood for Dyspraxia Awareness Week, 6 – 12th October 2019

Presentations include:

Our confirmed closing speaker will be Actor, writer and comedian Harriet Kemsley.
Dr Sally Payne, Trustee and Professional Advisor at the Royal College of Occupational Therapists shares an overview of the results of a national survey around adult diagnosis.
Dr Emma Tremaine (The Dyspraxic Doctor) talking about Dyspraxia: Anxiety, mental health and wellbeing.
Kerry Pace of Diverse Leaners and recent Rising Star Award winner for her work in education and supporting learners with disabilities talks about supporting students with the opportunity to ask questions.
Laurence Turner; Research and Policy Officer at GMB Trade Union talks about the Guide to Dyspraxia in the Workplace as part of the GMB Thinking Differently at Work campaign.

Plus additional speakers from adults with Dyspraxia telling their personal stories.

For more information and to confirm your place please visit our booking page! 

12th October 2019 - Dyspraxia Awareness Week - Day 7 - Information Sheet

On 26th July, the Dyspraxia Foundation called for Case Studies from adults living with dyspraxia to support Dyspraxia Awareness Week, 6 – 12th October 2019.

Thank you to the 40 adults who responded and kindly gave their consent for us to share their personal story to highlight this year’s campaign which focusses on dyspraxia in adulthood.

The case study form included several questions about the individual, their diagnosis and experience of living with the condition. Here are some of the comments in answer to the question ‘How would you like to see things change for adults with dyspraxia?’

You can download this information sheet here.

12th October 2019 - Dyspraxia Awareness Week - Day 7 - Case Studies

Today is our Youth (16-25 year olds) workshop in Birmingham, the event includes a session on Mental Health & Well being which is being lead by our elected Adult Representative Alice Hewson. There will be coverage of this event via @DyspraxiaYouth and on our Instagram Channel @DyspraxiaFoundation for anyone interested.
Our dedicated adult conference takes place in just two weeks - places are filling fast but still available, you can confirm your place by clicking here and filling in the online booking form, we would love to see you there 🙂

Day 7 also brings you not just one, but two, of our very popular Case Studies.

Our first case study is from Jack, 20, from the North West of England who was diagnosed in Year 6.
Our second case study is from Hannah, 22, from London who was diagnosed in her final year of University - just 5 months before her exams!

We thank Jack and Hannah, and everyone else this week, for sharing their own personal stories.

11th October 2019 - Dyspraxia Awareness Week - Day 6 - Driving with Dyspraxia/DCD

Our thanks to Dr Judith Gentle and our Dyspraxia Foundation Youth Champion Imogen Rowe for producing this first draft of a useful information sheet on Driving with Dyspraxia.

This is a working document which we aim to develop further. 

Download the Driving with Dyspraxia Guide

11th October 2019 - Dyspraxia Awareness Week - Day 6 - Managing Money

Living with dyspraxia as an adult can make it difficult to work, do chores, drive and much more. It can also make it difficult to manage your finances. As part of Dyspraxia Awareness Week, we have an exclusive guide from the Money Advice Service, discussing how people affected by Dyspraxia can manage their money.

Download the New Managing Money Guide

11th October 2019 - Dyspraxia Awareness Week - Day 6 - Case Study

We are rolling into Day 6 of #dyspraxia19, still focusing on Independent Living today. As always we are proud to bring to you get another of our popular case studies.

Today we bring you Holly, 24, from Surrey who was diagnosed with Dyspraxia at 16 by CAMHS.

Thank you to Holly for sharing your story with us!

You can view Holly's story here. 

10th October 2019 - Dyspraxia Awareness Week - Day 5 - Facebook Live

Last night chair Sophie Kayani and recent elected adult representative Alice Hewson discussed  Dyspraxia and more! You can watch this on replay from our Facebook Page

10th October 2019 - Dyspraxia Awareness Week - Day 5 - Useful Apps for your Mobile Device

Day 5 of #dyspraxia19 launches another information sheet from the Dyspraxia Foundation. We are pleased to have pooled together a range of apps for your mobile device as recommended by other adults! The range of apps will help with navigation, organisation, mental health and voice to text. A big thank you goes out to Pete Guest for putting this all together for us in this amazing format!

*Updated* - The previous version contained an error, this has now been fixed and the correct version is below to download 🙂

Click here to download our Useful Apps Information Sheet

10th October 2019 - Dyspraxia Awareness Week - Day 5 - GCHQ

A talk during the afternoon at GCHQ (Government Communications Head Quarters) in Cheltenham by Trustee Richard Todd and Youth Information Officer, Claire Cripps.

A talk around the work of the Dyspraxia Foundation and discussion around ongoing issues and working together.

10th October 2019 - Dyspraxia Awareness Week - Day 5 - Case Study

Thursday means we're into Day 5 of #Dyspraxia19! Today starts our focus on Independent Living

Today's case study  brings you the story of Paul, 40 from the Netherlands who was diagnosed with Dyspraxia in his early 30s.

Click here to read Paul’s story,  we thank Paul for sharing his story with us

9th October 2019 - Dyspraxia Awareness Week - Day 4 - Some Useful Links for Students

To end our day focusing on Further and Higher Eduation, we are sharing a few links and a great blog by DyspraxicBee.

Firstly, a blog by DyspraxicBee on applying for DSA - a great read for those who might be comtemplating applying for DSA!

Disabled Students Allowance

Get undergraduate student finance: step by step

Help if you're a student with a learning difficulty, health problem or disability

 You can apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) to cover some of the extra costs you have because of a mental health problem, long term illness or any other disability.

You can get the allowances on top of your other student finance. You will not need to repay DSAs.

If you’re a part-time student your ‘course intensity’ can affect how much you get.

How much you get depends on your individual needs - not your household income.

To read the full guide visit:  https://www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas

Disability Rights UK

Offering help, advice and information for students (plus 16 yrs) with disabilities.

Tel:  0330 995 0414

Email: students@disabilityrightsuk.org

Website: https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/

9th October 2019 - Dyspraxia Awareness Week - Day 4

How to Succeed in College and University; a guide for students, educators and parents by Amanda Kirby.

Specifically designed to be dyslexic friendly

For any adult with specific learning difficulties going to college or university can be a challenge.   These can present in the work and home setting, learning new skills, meeting new people and coping with a new environment.   From study skills to budgeting, from cooking to relationships, Amanda Kirby identifies routes to success in both education and socially.   At the heart of the book is its practical approach providing information and advice that is easy to access and to use.

This book is aimed at students with Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Conditions, Dyscalculia, DCD and Language and Communication Disorders.

Available Now from Dyspraxia Foundation Online Shop:

https://dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk/shopping/product/books/how-to-succeed-in-college-and-university-a-guide-for-students-educators-and-parents/

£12.00 plus p & p

AmandaKBook

9th October 2019 - Dyspraxia Awareness Week - Day 4 - Going to University Guide

Another new download for everyone, as we continue our Wednesday focus on Further and Higher Education.

We've produced this brand new guide on going to University! Packed full of tips and tricks, what support you can ask for a lot more!

As with all our fact sheets, Every effort has been made to verify the accuracy of items in our fact sheets, however users are urged to check independently on matters of specific interest. The Dyspraxia Foundation encourages the reproduction and distribution of this fact sheet. If portions of the text are cited, appropriate reference must be made. Fact sheets may not be reprinted for the purpose of resale

Click here to download our Going to University Guide

9th October 2019 - Dyspraxia Awareness Week - Day 4 - Post 16 Fact Sheet

We continue our Wednesday focus on Further and Higher Education.

We've produced a fact sheet for anyone involved in Post-16 education (16+) with some hints, tips and advice and more!

As with all our fact sheets, Every effort has been made to verify the accuracy of items in our fact sheets, however users are urged to check independently on matters of specific interest. The Dyspraxia Foundation encourages the reproduction and distribution of this fact sheet. If portions of the text are cited, appropriate reference must be made. Fact sheets may not be reprinted for the purpose of resale

Click here to download our Post-16 Fact Sheet

9th October 2019 - Dyspraxia Awareness Week - Day 4 - Case Study

How is it Day 4 of Awareness Week already? On Wednesday of Awareness Week 2019 we are focusing on Further and Higher Education.

#Dyspraxia19 continues with one of our popular case studies. Wednesday brings you the story of Grace, 23 from Somerset who was diagnosed with Dyspraxia at the age of 18.

Click here to read Grace's story, and we thank her for sharing her story with us.

8th October 2019 - Dyspraxia Awareness Week - Day 3 - BBC Radio Leicester

Talking about dyspraxia in adulthood to mark Dyspraxia Awareness Week on BBC Radio Leicester

Listen in to ‘The Ben Jackson Show’ on BBC Radio Leicester for an interview to mark Dyspraxia Awareness Week.
Our thanks to Penny Harris, wife or charity trustee Elliot Harris and adult with #dyspraxia who will be talking about living with the condition our national survey around the impact of poor awareness of dyspraxia in adulthood. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p07nw6pz

penny at radio leicester

8th October 2019 - Dyspraxia Awareness Week - Day 3 - Facebook Live

Our first of TWO Facebook Live Events took place last night! If you missed it, don't panic, as you can view it again on our Facebook Page!  The Facebook Live takes place on our Facebook Page - so make sure you like our page to get the latest updates and notifications! 

Last night, Jake Hobson, Diversity, Inclusion and Responsible Business Manager at CBRE was live on our Facebook Page.

Jake shared his own personal experiences of dyspraxia, his career and answering your questions about employment and dyspraxia in adulthood.

8th October 2019 - Dyspraxia Awareness Week - Day 3 - Case Study & Employees Guide

On Day 3 of Awareness Week we bring to you another one of our Case Studies. Today we bring you the story of Simon, 57 from London who wasn't formally diagnosed until his 30s.
We thank Simon, and everyone else, who have shared their own personal stories with us throughout awareness week!

Employee Guidelines - Updated

We are also re-sharing our Employee Guidelines today, to those who might have missed it previously or are new to our website. The Dyspraxia Foundation produced Help and guidance for job seekers and employees guidelines which we feel is important to share again during our awareness week for adults. Feel free to download by clicking here. 

*Sorry, we uploaded the wrong document previously, this has now been updated to reflect the right document!

7th October 2019 - Dyspraxia Awareness Week - Day 2 - BBC Radio Humberside

Yesterday, (7th October), long term supporter Kerry Pace, of Diverse Learners, appeared on BBC Radio Humberside with Sally Fairfax, which you can listen again via the BBC Website

You can catch Kerry at our adult conference in Birmingham on the 26th October. Places are filling fast, for full details and to secure your place please visit the link at the top of this page.

Kerry Pace and Sally Fairfax on Radio Humberside

7th October 2019 - Dyspraxia Awareness Week - Day 2 - New Fact Sheet

We are proud to be launching a new fact sheet during Dyspraxia Awareness Week 2019. We asked adults what does having a diagnosis of Dyspraxia/DCD mean to you? As always we where overwhelmed with your response and have created this fact sheet for all to share.

Some extracts:
I believe that if I have a diagnosis it would assist me in asking for support from others that I need for everyday situations.

Once I was diagnosed, having never heard of it, I researched it and it was as if they were describing me. It explained a lot of things from my childhood so I knew I wasn’t just stupid.

Every effort has been made to verify the accuracy of items in Dyspraxia Foundation Fact Sheets, however users are urged to check independently on matters of specific interest. The Dyspraxia Foundation encourages the reproduction and distribution of this fact sheet. If portions of the text are cited, appropriate reference must be made. Fact sheets may not be reprinted for the purpose of resale. Feel free to share across social media but please link back to this page.

Download by clicking here.

7th October 2019 - Dyspraxia Awareness Week - Day 2 - Case Studies

Throughout this week we are sharing a range of case studies, your stories spoken in your words, today we are sharing two.

Our first case study is from Alison, a 54 year old from Hampshire who got diagnosed in the Summer of 2018! Click here to read Alison's story.

Our second case study is from Robert, a 62 year old from Scotland who has yet to have a formal diagnosis of Dyspraxia. Click here to read Robert's story.

6th October 2019 - Dyspraxia Awareness Week - Day 1 - Radio Solihull

Last Sunday (6th October), local West Midlands Group Coordinators Helen & Immie Rowe appeared on their local radio station - Radio Solihull - to talk all things Dyspraxia! The station has kindly put an audio stream online so you can now catch Helen & Immie from approximately 48mins into the show via the station Podcast which can be found here. 

A big thank you to both Helen and Immie for speaking out and raising awareness!

Helen and Imogen Rowe Radio Sollihull

6th October 2019 - Dyspraxia Awareness Week - Day 1

Dyspraxia is very much a lifelong condition, we fully understand that at the Dyspraxia Foundation and this year our awareness week is focusing on Adults and those in Higher/Further Education. We have a featured packed week coming up, including two Facebook Live events (Tuesday & Thursday) and a big annoucement coming tomorrow!

We start our awareness week with one of our ever popular Case Studies - Stephan, 62, who didn’t get diagnosed until 2012. This is Steven's story - in his own words.

29th September 2019 - BBC Radio Sheffield

Before the official start of Dyspraxia Awareness Week, Dyspraxia Foundation Ambassador Gill Dixon spoke on 'Nowt So Strange As Folk!' to discuss Dyspraxia. Catch her from around 1hour 22mins into the show. The show is available on BBC iPlayer for approximately 30 days after broadcast.

Previous Awareness Weeks

Mental Health Matters
for Teenagers with Dyspraxia

Primary Aged School Children

Dyspraxia in the workplace:
hidden challenges, hidden assets