Civil Service Dyslexia and Dyspraxia Network
Civil Service Dyslexia and Dyspraxia Network toolkit
Network members are often unsure how to explain what dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia are, to know what they are good at and worry about asking for adjustments. Earlier this year the Civil Service Dyslexia and Dyspraxia Network (CSDDN), a cross government staff network, published a toolkit to help line managers have supportive conversations with team members. It is intended to educate, make suggestions that may help and challenge stigma. The content can be used to help write workplace adjustment passports. It uses cartoons to introduce scenarios quickly with a written description, an explanation of what is happening and suggestions that may help. Visuals are used as many network members struggle with reading huge volumes of text. The toolkit highlights the positives and strengths of dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia.
Network members worked on the toolkit completely remotely in addition to day jobs. This work was led by and mostly written by Heather Wilson an EO based in Edinburgh. The team never met in person until the intended launch date. The network gave feedback as the toolkit was evolving. Experiences shared at network events and monthly calls influenced the content. A request was made to the network for advice on improving the accessibility and images. This led to a user researcher, content designer and graphic designer getting directly involved (all remotely) resulting in a much better product.