Congratulations to Michèle Lee, Trustee and former Chair of the Dyspraxia Foundation, appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2018 New Year Honours List
We at the Dyspraxia Foundation are delighted and extremely proud at the appointment of former Chair Michèle Lee as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2018 New Year Honours List. Michèle has dedicated much of her professional life as a Chartered Physiotherapist to improving the lives of young people with dyspraxia. She has also volunteered her time, skills and knowledge to the Dyspraxia Foundation as a Trustee and twice as Chair from 2000-2004 and 2012-2017. Michèle has worked tirelessly to raise the profile of our organisation to ensure that dyspraxia is recognised and understood by policy makers, professionals and the public so that people with dyspraxia of all ages receive the support they deserve and need.
As Dyspraxia Awareness Week draws to a close for another year we would like to thank you for your support this week. We’ve had a lot of support on social media, and lots of people have joined in the week with blogs, events and a lot lot more! Remember Dyspraxia is around us 365 days a year, so never stop making people aware of dyspraxia!
A grant from the Big Lottery Fund for £166,000 in 2013 meant the Dyspraxia Foundation was able to launch a three year project to offer a dedicated helpline service, facilitate workshops in Birmingham and Manchester, translate the most popular information sheets into different languages, invest in a PR Company to manage an annual awareness campaign and employ a full time Information Officer.
As part of our Dyspraxia Awareness Week #DyspraxiaWeek we are proud to launch today our driving factsheet! Our factsheet was created with thanks to Maxine Roper, Dyspraxia Foundation trustee and journalist. You can download our factsheet now!
25-year-old Jonathan Levy lives in Warrington in Cheshire. As someone with dyspraxia, Jonathan has always been slower than most in reaching milestones but persisted with a positive and resilient attitude, and since June 2013 has served as a trustee of the Dyspraxia Foundation.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
Greeting Cards and Stationary from Kayte Genders
Kayte is a mother of a child with dyspraxia. Her site donates to the Dyspraxia Foundation 10% of sales on orders under £25 and 15% over this amount. Just add Dyspraxia Foundation to your name on ordering to support us while buying cards, stationery and much more.
Acas (the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) has published a new research study on ‘neurodiversity at work’, which the Dyspraxia Foundation contributed to last year. The research seeks to identify policies and practices which help people with dyslexia, autism, dyspraxia and ADHD get work and flourish within a diverse workforce. It is based on case studies of two organisations who are good practice employers, coupled with expert testimony from a number practitioners operating in the field, among them the Dyspraxia Foundation, the British Dyslexia Association, National Autistic Society and ADDISS. Many of these practitioners have also contributed posts to a series of themed blogs to accompany the publication of the Acas research, including Sally Payne and Richard Todd, both Dyspraxia Foundation trustees. You can read their blog entry here: http://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=5864
Need advice about dyspraxia and employment? As part of our awareness theme for Dyspraxia Awareness Week 2016 we are delighted to be sharing two new information sheets for you use.
Our new factsheet for those seeking employment and for those already in employment is now available to download. This includes useful information about when applying for work, disclosing your dyspraxia and helpful advice when you have employment.
With 1 million adults having DCD/Dyspraxia in the UK and many not being aware of how to gain a diagnosis or practical support, thanks to Professor Amanda Kirby, Do-IT Solutions is launching a free screening tool for Dyspraxia/DCD Awareness Week 9th – 15th October 2016 in association with Dyspraxia Foundation in the UK and Dyspraxia Association in Ireland.
New findings released today (Monday 10th October 2016) reveal that adults with dyspraxia are not receiving the understanding and support they need in the workplace, meaning that employees are underperforming and employers are missing out on the many strengths and talents that people with dyspraxia have to offer.