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Employment and Practical Guidance

General guidance

Irrespective of a diagnosis or difficulties, you may want to consider the following approaches:

  • Ask the individual what has helped them in the past at work.

  • Ask them what (or who) could help them now.

  • Try to understand how their challenges may effect them at work. Discuss the job day and expectations with the person, where possible.

  • Consider developing an individual development plan and regularly review it to see what is working well or not.

  • Arrange short and regular meetings to discuss goals, and review how work is going. This can make a big difference and can reduce anxiety and allow small problems to be dealt with quickly if they arise.

  • Ask if (and what) the individual wants others to know about their diagnosis/condition (including peers and line managers) and how they want it described / told to others.

  • Ask what situations / tasks make it harder for them to complete their work, such as background noises or working in group settings.

  • Discuss, where possible, the individual’s preferred form of communication (e.g. email, orally, face-to-face meetings, in a quiet setting).

  • Encourage the individual to consider their mental wellbeing, as they may be at greater risk of anxiety and depression.

  • Where possible, use technology to help with work tasks, including spellcheckers, text-to-speech, proofing and speech-to-text software, organisers, diary systems and alarms.

  • The individual may need training and sufficient time to practice if learning new skills or accessing software in order to become confident in their work setting.​

Please remember that every individual will be different, and challenges may depend on the specific workplace setting and type of tasks asked of the individual.

Under each of the headings below you will find more information relating to practical guidance for employability:

>  General Considerations

>  Applying for Jobs

>  Interview Settings

>  In the Job

>  Literacy / Dyslexia

>  Social and Communication / ASC

>  Attention / Concentration / ADHD

>  Co-ordination / Dyspraxia (DCD)

>  Maths / Dyscalculia