How you can embrace autism, dyslexia, and neurodivergence

We live in a neurodiverse population, which consists of both neurodivergent and neurotypical individuals. Neurodiversity Celebration Week (21st - 27th March 2022) recognises the many talents and advantages of being neurodivergent. We wanted to share some resources to help you embrace neurodiversity at home, in the workplace and in education.    

Autism 

Autism "affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them" (National Autistic Society, June 2020). Technology offers a great deal of support and independence to autistic people. You can find out more in our autism and computing factsheet.

Dyslexia 

Dyslexia is a neurodivergent learning difference that can affect reading and writing. It affects approximately 10% of the UK population according to the British Dyslexia Association.

From factsheets, webinar recordings to training courses, we have a range of resources to help people with dyslexia. Visit our dyslexia and technology resource webpage.

Addressing autism, dyslexia, and neurodivergence in education and work

Just in case you missed our webinar, you can watch our webinar recording on addressing autism, dyslexia, and neurodivergence in education and work.

Profile images of Rob Howe, Jennie Dettmer and Teresa LoftusIn the webinar we learned from UK university practitioners from the University of Northampton and the University of Bedfordshire about their approach to making accessibility improvements for students and staff with neurodivergent conditions including Autism, Asperger's, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Tourette Syndrome and Synaesthesia. 

The webinar also featured AbilityNet's Teresa Loftus, who discussed the Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) support available for neurodivergent students. She highlighted the issues some disabled people may face in the transition from education to work, including reasonable adjustments that may need to be provided, and how AbilityNet can help employers through its eLearning tools.
 

Neurodiversity in the workplace

Neurodiversity Celebration Week is a great opportunity to spread awareness about neurodivergence throughout your organisation. Learn how to overcome neurodiversity barriers and the steps to avoid creating these barriers in our upcoming neurodiversity awareness training. 

Do you want a deep dive into different disabilities and impairments?

Learn from disabled people about how you should adjust your working practices in our Don't Disable Me training course series. The courses focuses on visual, hearing, physical, mental health and neurodiversity barriers in study, at work and day-to-day life.


You can also learn more about how to recognise and promote a neurodiverse workforce from our webinar recording with Evenbreak, a Co-chair of the Civil Service Neurodiversity Network and AbilityNet. We heard from a fantastic panel of speakers with professional and lived experience of working with neurodiversity in our webinar.

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