Dyspraxia (also known as Developmental Coordination Disorder) is a specific learning difficulty that affects movement and coordination. In many cases non-motor skills such as organisation, attention and time management are also affected. Dyspraxia affects each person individually and the impact on a person’s ability to perform a job role will vary.
Whether or not a person tells an employer about their diagnosis is an individual choice. When difficulties are likely to impact on a person’s ability to do their job however, Dyspraxia Foundation recommends that individuals disclose their condition so that appropriate workplace adjustments can be made under the Equality Act 2010. Adjustments for people with dyspraxia are frequently small, easy to implement and low cost but more expensive adjustments can be funded through the government’s Access to Work scheme. Ensuring that managers understand how individuals are affected is the most important and effective adjustment.
Many people with dyspraxia are teachers and bring to the role their strengths in determination, problem-solving and empathy. These strengths benefit students and the school.
Dyspraxia Foundation provides a wealth of information for employers and employeesdetailing many reasonable adjustments to ensure that employees with dyspraxia succeed in the workplace and are an asset to their organisation. Further information and support for Dyspraxia Foundation members and non-members (including employers) is also available via Dyspraxia Foundation Helpline. Additional information about neurodiversity (including dyspraxia) in the workplace is available from ACAS and the CIPD.
Dyspraxia Foundation is the only national charity dedicated to supporting people of all ages with dyspraxia and those who live or work with them. The organisation is funded entirely by voluntary donations and membership subscriptions. For further information about the Dyspraxia Foundation and how to raise funds to help transform the lives of people affected by dyspraxia see: www.dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk