I have a daughter with dyspraxia who has just left school and is finding it difficult to find a job. Is there anywhere she could go for help and advice?

Before going anywhere for advice it is important that your daughter organises her thinking. So many people just haven’t a clue what dyspraxia is. It would be useful for your daughter to jot down all her strengths and lists what her goals and objectives are. Then it is important to acknowledge the difficulties the dyspraxia creates. For example, these may be: Communication difficulties Motor control Organisation Your daughter could then create a written statement about dyspraxia and the way it affects her. (It is so useful as it can be handed to those she meets rather than her having to continually explain things.) The statement should say what she has achieved, what she is good at and what strategies are useful to accommodate her learning difference. This document should not be longer than 2 sides of A4 paper. There is plenty of information on the Dyspraxia Foundation and Key 4 Learning websites to help. Armed with this document, there are then several places for her to go for help. Jobcentre Plus. Your daughter could go and see the advisors and give them her disclosure document. They will discuss with her a variety of options and government schemes that are available for individuals with learning differences to help them gain jobs. The local careers advisory team and/or Connexions. They will also give support and should have a specialist advisor who will be able to help. Employers. She could to directly to employers by replying to adverts and send her disclosure document with the application form. Once your daughter has a job, there is a government scheme called Access to Work. Both she and her employer can benefit from their help and support ensuring that the appropriate adjustments are put in place to help. Finally, going for a first job is hard for everyone. It is especially hard if you have a learning difference. It is important that your daughter has lots of support. Sometimes a buddy, friend or mentor can help and take the pressure off the family by going with your daughter to the Jobcentre or Careers Advisor.