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
The full Acas research paper, together with a synthesis of key findings and links to all the other blogs in this series are available atwww.acas.org.uk/neurodiversity
The report looks at ‘neurodiversity’ in the round rather than focussing on specific conditions, so it’s not really a case of cherry-picking the findings that have most applicability to dyspraxia; many of the key findings apply equally and indeed some aspects of good support and management are found to apply to all employees generally, not just those with neurological conditions!