Heather has made a significant contribution to the success of the Scottish Government disability network and the Civil Service Dyslexia and Dyspraxia Network (CSDDN) toolkit. This is in addition to her work as an EO policy maker where she uses her experience of stories gathered about people in different communities to contribute wide ranging feedback to policy developments.
•Heather wrote most of the CSDDN toolkit leading a team from across the Civil Service remotely. She didn’t meet the team until the launch event. Heather developed her drawing skills to create cartoons (later improved by a graphic designer) to increase accessibility for those who find reading challenging. She did an introductory illustration course in her own time to improve her drawing skills. She was the only attendee who hadn't been to art school.
•The toolkit uses visuals and highlights the positives to support conversations between colleagues and line managers about dyslexia and dyspraxia and draft workplace adjustment passports.
•Heather networks throughout the organisation at all levels to contribute to the corporate conversation and wide ranging developments by influencing decision makers and collaborating with HR in her role as disability staff network leadership as theme lead. Heather is connected into other staff networks sharing her advice and identify and learn about intersectionality challenges. She provides peer support to colleagues helping them work through challenges.