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Supporting Disability in the Workplace

We support Neurodiversity

We recognise 'neurodiversity' as the way in which everyone’s brains naturally work differently from one another. Just as you may be born right-handed or have green eyes, how your brain works and where you sit on the cognitive spectrum will be unique to you.

Most people are neurotypical or ‘not neurodivergent’, which means they think and behave in a way that society traditionally considers ‘normal’. However, around 1 in 7 people are neurodivergent, meaning that they behave, think, process, and interpret information in ways that differ from most other people.

Traditional working practices are often designed with a neurotypical society in mind, which can make it difficult for neurodivergent employees to thrive at work. Some examples of neurodiversity include;

  • Autism
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD)
  • Dyslexia
  • Dyspraxia
  • Dyscalculia
  • Dysgraphia

 

 

Dyslexia Screening

Do you feel you have traits of dyslexia and would like to take a short test to highlight a potential diagnosis? We've created a short check which you can do that includes a number of questions that ask you regarding how comfortable you are with reading and writing, as well as other areas. Please note that the quiz is just to see if you have any traits of dyslexia - it does not officially diagnose dyslexia.

If you feel comfortable to take the short quiz, please complete this document and return to lead.employer@sthk.nhs.uk.

Once you have sent it, a member of the HR Team will review this document with your results and be in touch with the next steps for diagnosis and support you throughout the process.

If you would like to access further support and information, you can visit the British Dyslexia Association, the NHS' website on Dyslexia and the Dyslexia Association. They contain specific information and guidance tailored for dyslexia.

 

A guide on supporting Neurodiversity in the Workplace

We have created a guidance on How to Support Neurodiversity in the Workplace  which may assist with your training programme in light of a neurodiversity diagnosis.

 

How we can support you?

Please take a look at the dropdown options for the ways in which Lead Employer can support you in your daily working life;

 

 

Disability History Month Project

For 2021’s Disability History Month we caught up with some of our colleagues who shared experiences on their own disabilities and impairments.

The three part podcast series shares an insight into the lives of our Lead Employer and STHK colleagues, as they talk about how their disabilities impact their roles and where their support came from.

You can listen to the three part series on our website here.