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Dsylexia Adult Network (DAN) Newsletter Autumn 2018

Dyslexia Adult Network (DAN) News Autumn 2018

I attach the latest news from the Dyslexia Adult Network (DAN) Newsletter for the Autumn 2018.

This is a very active group  - as you can see from the Newsletter – lots happening in the field.

The Editor of the newsletter is Melanie Jameson, – some of you will know from her ongoing work in the legal area and the criminal justice system.  The chair of the group is Margaret Malpas,  BDA.

I am a member of the DAN Committee. Do contact me if you have possible content for a future Newsletter.


Information on Access to Work and apprenticehips

I am often asked about Access to Work and Apprenticeships and these questions and answers may be of interest.


Opening Doors to Employment: Neurodiverse voices

Here is the  link to take you to the Westminster AchievAbility Commission which was officially launched at the Houses of Parliament at the end of January 2018.

The report focuses on neurodivergent people and employment.

22 January 2018 Ground-breaking report on systemic barriers to employment

NEWS RELEASE Monday 22nd January 2018

Read below or click on the link:  WAC News Release


Neurodiverse Voices: Opening Doors to Employment

Ground-breaking report on systemic barriers to employment

A ground-breaking report is launched on Monday January 22nd by the Westminster AchieveAbility Commission (WAC) and released into the public domain. Over the period of a year, WAC has gathered evidence on systemic barriers to employment for millions of potential employees who are neurodivergent (i.e. dyslexic, dyspraxic, autistic and/or with Attention Deficit Disorder).

This significant study from the Westminster AchieveAbility Commission on Recruitment is aligned with the government’s stated aim of increasing the number of people with disabilities in employment, set out in the Improving Lives Green Paper (2016) and Command Paper (2017). There could be no better time to highlight the abilities and workplace support needs of the large neurodivergent population and point to better recruitment and retention practices, for the benefit of the national economy

The resulting data has highlighted a widespread lack of awareness, failures in government support and workplace discrimination – but also many examples of good practice as most neurodivergent people are able and skilled – it is recruitment processes that disable them. All of this has fed into the Commission’s report.

The report launch on January 22nd  is followed by a second event, also in Westminster, on Thursday 25th, to celebrate the creativity of the neurodivergent community.

WAC recommendations include widespread awareness training, accessibility of written employment information and an end to inappropriate testing as part of the selection process. We call for the improvement of government support programmes and disability initiatives.


 43% of survey respondents felt discouraged from applying by job application processes.

 52% claimed to have experienced discrimination during interview or selection processes.

 73% did not disclose their condition during interview – of those that did, 58% regretted it, feeling this led to discrimination.

 On-line job applications which don’t allow assistive technology and use of spellcheckers bar neurodivergent applicants from accessing jobs.

 Employers are breaking the law (Equality Act 2010) when they fail to implement reasonable adjustments for disabled people



“My first few staff reports started with the words “this officer will never be suitable for promotion as he is dyslexic.”

“Employers cannot make reasonable adjustments if they do not begin from the premise of acceptance.”

“All psychometric tests are impossible for me, however in many cases I know I would be very good at the job and that these test don’t reflect my capabilities.”


Ground-breaking report on systemic barriers to employment

WAC News Release  Click on this link to see Ground-breaking report on systemic barriers to employment


Dr Sylvia Moody – sad news

We are very saddened by the death of Dr Sylvia Moody.  As a practitioner clinical psychologist, she was passionate about increasing awareness of dyslexia, particularly for adults.  Her many articles and books have provided wonderful and accessible guidance for individuals with dyslexia and specific learning difficulties in education and the workplace. She acted as Consultant to Dyslexia Assessment & Consultancy for many years and it is a great loss for all of us who knew her and for everyone in the dyslexia community who benefited from her great knowledge, insight and expertise.  We will miss you Sylvia.

We run a series of bespoke training days for professionals -

Go to ‘Training Professionals’ for more details.  Click on menu on left hand side of this page.

See Also ‘Training Days’ at the bottom of the ‘ Training Professionals’ page.

Our work in providing Expert Witness Services in ‘hidden’ disability related cases is increasing.

This includes advising employers / employees on reasonable adjustments as well as responding to instructions and producing reports for legal proceedings. Click on the link to our ‘Expert Witness’ page.

Training days for SpLD professionals – ADHD 10 November 2016 BOOKINGS NOW BEING TAKEN

Our Training Days are designed for professionals already working in the field of dyslexia who wish to extend and deepen their understanding about how to assess and support individuals with SpLDs in education and at work.  Read more here…

These courses are designed for small groups to enable a focused and supportive training environment with the opportunity to ask questions and discuss as the day proceeds.

The training days are Accredited by the SpLD Assessment Standards Committee (SASC)  and receive consistent “excellent” feedback.

Examples of courses we run are listed below.

ADHD Awareness Trainng for SpLD Assessors and Support Tutors

Dyspraxia / Deveopmental Co-ordinaton Disorder

 Diagnostic Assessment & Overlapping SpLDs in Education & the Workplace

Writing Quality Diagnostic Reports

Extend Your Practice to the Workplace


Examples of half day workshops

Psychometric Testing & Statistics – Clarify Your Understanding with reference to key tests

Writing Diagnostic Conclusions & Making Recommendations


We specialise in offering tailor-made training days for your own teams  Contact us for details

Dyslexia Adult Network – Open Letter to Professor Elliott from DAN

Open Letter to Professor Elliott from the Dyslexia Adult Network 

24 September 2015

Open Letter from DAN to Prof Elliott

Background to ‘Resolving the Dyslexia Debate’

Having published The Dyslexia Debate last year, Professor Elliott has convened seventeen leading academics in the field of reading disability in children to try to reach a consensus on the use and value of the term ‘dyslexia’. After two days of deliberation, the group presented their views at a public presentation in Durham on the evening of 24th September, entitled Resolving the Dyslexia Debate.

Response from the Dyslexia Adult Network

Dear Professor Elliott

The Dyslexia Adult Network is surprised that you are continuing in your efforts to ‘resolve the dyslexia debate’. A hundred years of knowledge and research have taught us that the cognitive difference of dyslexia is complex and multi-faceted.

A group of academics specialising in children, however eminent, can only ever consider some of the issues associated with dyslexia, principally those relating to the childhood acquisition of literacy. The experience of dyslexic adults – both their struggles and achievements – has greatly enlarged our understanding.

Dyslexia, of course, does not disappear in adulthood. The challenges that adults face are very different from those of children because dyslexia is not just about reading. Dyslexia can leave adults socially excluded, or under-performing at work, where the special abilities they may bring to the job go unrecognised. For adults, it is working memory, organisation, adapting to change and effective information processing that can cause the most difficulty.

The Dyslexia Adult Network believes that all individuals with any of these difficulties should receive appropriate assessment and support. Whilst we welcome any opportunity for dyslexia to be in the spotlight and wish to encourage sound academic debate, we represent thousands of dyslexic individuals and practitioners who have grave concerns about your approach and the narrow focus on terminology.

 Yours sincerely

Melanie Jameson

Chair, Dyslexia Adult Network

 The following organisations are represented in the Dyslexia Adult Network

Adult Dyslexia Organisation, Adult Dyslexia Support, Birmingham Adult Dyslexia Group, British Dyslexia Association, Dyslexia Action, Dyslexia Assessment & Consultancy, Dyslexia Consultancy Malvern, Dyslexia Foundation, Dyslexia Scotland, Key 4 Learning.