Neurodiversity is about how our brains process information and how we think, as we can be wired differently. This includes concentration, language, sound, images, light, texture, colour, touch, smell, taste, perception, sequencing and movement. One major neuro-diverse type is listed below
What is Dyslexia? It affects how words are processed: reading, spelling, writing, information, language, sequencing, remembering things for a short time and referring to notes. Dyslexia is a learning disability that can affect all levels of intelligence. Dyslexia can impact on the development of automatic skills that may not match up to an individual’s other cognitive abilities.
Auditory Processing – How they process information efficiently from what they hear and slow processing information.
Numeracy – Difficulties and understanding of simple numbers which includes, money, telling the time, time keeping and basic numeracy skills
Working / Short-Term Memory – How they remember things for a short time, events, times, dates and have difficulty holding on to several pieces of information without referring to notes.
Around 10% of the UK population is affected to varying degrees, with 4% severely.
Some people that are dyslexic can have superior talents in certain areas. They can often have strong creative abilities, are intuitive problem solvers and original thinkers. Many have good visual and spatial awareness. They can also have good manual dexterity, communication and technical skills.
No matter how intelligent men and women are they can still feel misunderstood and vulnerable.
- Dyslexia is not a mental illness. It is a developmental disorder and associated with learning difficulties.
- Some people think you can catch it, you cannot. There is a genetic connection.
- Individuals may have more than one neuro-diversity, as they overlap each other.
- Every Job Centre Plus office has a Disability Employment Adviser who specifically deals with people with health conditions. They don’t just help people find work, they also help people keep their jobs.
- In 1995, the UK passed the Disability Discrimination Act, making it illegal to deny people employment based on disability. Employers in the UK are required to anticipate and make “reasonable adjustments” for people with disabilities.
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2-4 Mint Lane
The British Dyslexia Association
Unit 8, Bracknell Beeches
Old Bracknell Lane
If you are undiagnosed with dyslexia, you can get an initial test on line. This test is not a diagnosis and there is a charge, www.bdadyslexia.org.uk
The Dyslexia Association
7 Gregory Boulevard
Assessment, Advice and Support
If you are undiagnosed with dyslexia, you can get an initial test on line. This test is not a diagnosis. FREE Indicator Test: www.amidyslexic.co.uk/am-i-dyslexic
- www.dysTalk.com. dysTalk provides information on specific learning difficulties that may be undermining a child’s performance as well as learning strategies that can potentially be applied to all children of all abilities.