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On Tuesday 23rd November 2021, Dyslexia Box hosted the free live webinar event 'Neurodiversity in the Corporate World: Untapped Talent, Employee Retention and Success'.

 

We were joined by:

 

 

 

Whether you couldn't make the live event or you'd just like a refresh of the day, you can find the recordings of each of the sessions below:

 


'Being neurodivergent in a neurotypical workplace: Tales of exclusion and models of inclusive practice'

Presented by Dr Deborah Leveroy
Neurodiversity & Inclusion Lead at Dyslexia Box


After our host Arran Smith gave our attendees a warm welcome and introduction, Dr Deborah Leveroy led the first session of the day using practical explanations and theoretical examples of inclusion. You can watch Deborah's full talk in the video above.

 

Here is some of our viewer feedback:


 

"Its a great balance of real world and theoretical explanation."

 

"This is very useful and great to offer practical strategies. I wish I'd had this understanding when I became a manager of an existing team."

 

"Thanks, that has helped me as a line manager of people who are neurodivergent."

 

"This has been so eye opening to learn more about the vast range of symptoms. Thank you."



'Recruitment and Building Neurodiverse Talent Pools'

Presented by Jack Dyrhauge
Founder & CEO of Neuropool

Joined by Laura Bell
Founder & Director of Neurovation


The second session of the day was led by Jack Dyrhauge and Laura Bell. Jack discussed Neuropool's goals for raising awareness of neurodiverse talent and Laura focused on Neurovation's journey towards neurodiversity inclusion. You can watch Jack and Laura's talks in the video above.

 

Here is some of our viewer feedback:


 

"Great answer re the roles best suited to people who are neurodiverse."

 

"Fabulous presentations all round!"

 

"It's so good to see how different (and better) workplaces can be with empathy and great support."

 

"Thanks Laura and Jack, that was really insightful."



'Great minds think differently – Empowering neurodiverse talent in your business'

Presented by Danielle Kingdon
Partner at Osborne Clark Law Firm


After the lunch break we were joined by Danielle Kingdon for her talk. Danielle's session followed a Q&A format assisted by our host Arran Smith and focused on the legal perspective of neurodiverse empoyees' rights. You can watch Danielle's talk in the video above.

 

Here is some of our viewer feedback:


 

"Thank you for this insightful Q&A."

 

"Excellent presentation from Danielle, many thanks."

 

"It has been very interesting to hear about the legal perspective of these topics."

 

"Great discussion, thank you Danielle and Arran."



'Changing Perceptions about Dyslexia'

Presented by Elliott C Morrison
Business Manager & Co-Neurodiversity Lead at HSBC UK


Elliott Morrison led our penultimate session of the day. He discussed challenging stigma and presented videos from HSBC employees about their experiences with neurodiversity. You can watch Elliott's talk in the video above.

 

Here is some of our viewer feedback:


 

"It's so refreshing to hear the openness about how stigma may impact people. Thank you."

 

"Well done Elliott. Really good presentation!"

 

"Love this discussion! I work in the construction sector and there needs to be more around this."

 

 

"Amazing content Elliott."



'Creating a Culture of Dyslexia Inclusion'

Presented by Gamiel Yafai
Managing Director at Diversity Marketplace


The final session was led by Gamiel Yafai. Gamiel used 'Mentimeter' to create an interactive session which enabled attendees to include their own views in the discussion. You can watch Gamiel's talk in the video above.

 

Here is some of our viewer feedback:


 

"It has been great to also see the views of people watching Gamiel's talk!"

 

"Thank you. I have learned so much!"

 

"This is fascinating."

 

"Great interactive session Gamiel, it has been wonderful to be involved with the discussion."




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Once again, thank you to everyone who registered or attended our webinar event, and a very special thank you to each of our speakers for producing such informative talks and interesting discussions.



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Guest Blog by Danielle Kingdon

Danielle Kingdon is a Partner at Osborne Clark Law Firm, specialising in Employment Law. She has written a guest blog for us titled 'Embracing Differences - How to understand and support your neurodiverse employees'. She is also a speaker at our webinar event on Tuesday 23rd November.

Guy Brewer - YouTube Channel

Guy recently started his own YouTube channel to help spread awareness of neurodivergent conditions and assist people in overcoming their personal barriers. On his channel you'll find helpful tips, motivational stories and the key differences of each type of neurodiversity. 

 

Mental Health Support in the Workplace

Considering the strain of the pandemic on our mental health, Dyslexia Box want to highlight the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service - which offers free mental health support to help people start or stay in work.

 


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Guest Blog


 

The following guest blog has been written by Danielle Kingdon, Partner at Osborne Clark Law Firm, specialising in Employment Law.

 

Her work is mainly in the technology sector, advising businesses of all sizes from small start-ups through to large household names on all aspects of employment-related matters.

 

Danielle is passionate about Diversity & Inclusion, with a particular interest in neurodiversity and helping businesses to recognise the talent that neurodivergent employees can offer and how best to adapt to capture and ensure the success of their neurodiverse population.

 

She is a member of Osborne Clarke's Mind & Body Committee, leading the pillar dedicated to neurodiversity, and is also Osborne Clarke's Diversity Champion for Age, leading the campaign to ensure that, whatever your age, there are no barriers in the firm to having your most fulfilling career and, also, that there is support provided for all and any challenges faced at the various stages of those careers.




Danielle will be leading a session at our upcoming webinar event on Tuesday 23rd November. Find out more about her talk and register you attendance below.



Embracing Differences – How to understand and support your neurodiverse employees

It's only in the last five years that the concept of 'neurodiversity' has crept into most employers consciousness. Whilst neurodiverse employees would have been entitled to reasonable adjustments under the Equality Act prior to this point, most workplaces had no neurodiversity training, policies, forums or adjustments to recruitment procedures, and in many settings, this is still the case.

 

Through a combination of work with our forward-thinking clients, the personal experiences of those I know and work with and my interest in raising awareness of the challenges faced by neurodiverse employees, I have come to understand much more about neurodiversity in the workplace. The key discovery for me has been how very little change can have a big impact on the experience for employees and employers alike. Raising awareness among your management community and providing a voice and support systems for those needing help can be transformative. At Osborne Clarke we have established a Neurodiversity Forum – a group of people interested in supporting the neurodiverse population and either impacted personally or just motivated to drive inclusivity. We are designing an intranet page, welcoming guest speakers and working with other Osborne Clarke teams to make sure the experience, from first contact on recruitment, to the day to day work experience enables our neurodiverse population to their best work.


"The key discovery for me has been how very little change can have a big impact on the experience for employees and employers alike."


 

Neurodiversity is often described as a 'hidden disability' – many neurodiverse employees struggle with challenges invisible to their employers, and the impact of being dyslexic, dyspraxic, having ADHD or autism are often mistaken for conduct issues, poor performance or a poor attitude; this can result in many undesirable HR issues, including grievances, conflict in teams and ultimately Employment Tribunal claims. My experience of working with employers is that raising awareness among managers and the general workforce reduces the number of grievances and performance issues generated as it gives neurodiverse employees the confidence to share their difficulties, and managers the understanding to explore what adjustments and support can be put in place. Changing how instructions are conveyed, how reporting is provided, times of work or the physical aspects of the work environment can stop issues escalating and reduce levels of sickness absence. Coaching between the employee and their manager is also valuable for finding solutions to ongoing issues. Providing employers with specialist support has been highly valued by my clients.

 

 

Neurominorities ability to think differently is widely underutilised - this should be addressed as neurodiverse employees are specialist thinkers, the very best at what they are good at. For those wanting to get started; consider your recruitment advertisements – do they clearly convey your support of neurominorities in your business? Are you offering the right reasonable adjustments to recruitment processes, for example, some neurodiverse employees perform better in on-the-job assessment, rather than a traditional interview. Once employees have joined your organisation, consider the ongoing support you can provide at crucial stages of their careers, including promotion, role changes and during any periods of disruption or change. If you create an environment where the neurodiverse can be their best selves, the benefits to your business will shortly follow.

 


Blog written by Danielle Kingdon, Partner at Osborne Clark

 

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Webinar Event Announcement

Dyslexia Box are hosting a FREE webinar event titled Neurodiversity in the Corporate World: Untapped Talent, Employee Retention and Success on Tuesday 23rd November. Find out more about each expert who will be speaking at the event and register your attendance today!

Guy Brewer - YouTube Channel

Guy recently started his own YouTube channel to help spread awareness of neurodivergent conditions and assist people in overcoming their personal barriers. On his channel you'll find helpful tips, motivational stories and the key differences of each type of neurodiversity. 

Mental Health Support in the Workplace

Considering the strain of the pandemic on our mental health, Dyslexia Box want to highlight the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service - which offers free mental health support to help people start or stay in work.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had widespread consequences for many of us, with the increased strain on our mental health being arguably the most significant and concerning. Initial estimates indicate that half a million people are likely to experience mental health issues as a direct result of the economic impact of the pandemic. [1]

 

Considering this, the Dyslexia Box team want to highlight the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service - which offers free mental health support to help people start or stay in work.


Who is eligible for the Mental Health Support Service (MHSS)?

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  • If you have a mental health condition (diagnosed or undiagnosed) that impacts your ability to do your job and...
  • Are self-employed, employed (including apprenticeship, work experience or an internship) or about to start or return to work and…
  • Aged 16 or over and…

 

  • Live in England, Scotland, or Wales

 

Then you are eligible!

 



What type of support does the MHSS offer?    

  • Nine-month personalised mental health support programme with a non-clinical support worker (otherwise known as a ‘Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant’)
  • The initial meeting with your support worker involves a conversation to assess the level of support you require and how your mental health is impacting your ability to carry out your job
  • A tailored support plan will be developed to help you stay in or return to work

 


Will my employer have to pay for any support or equipment I am recommended?

 

The support is free to employees and employers.

 



Case Study:


1. The Situation

Ahmed is a paediatric nurse working full-time in a local hospital. Over the last year, he has experienced increasing anxiety and low mood, impacting his ability to carry out his job role. Specifically, he finds it increasingly difficult to focus on individual tasks and struggles to manage and prioritise his workload. He is frequently overwhelmed and unable to get to work on time. Ahmed visits his GP, putting him on the waiting list for counselling and suggesting that Ahmed contacts the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service (MHSS).




2. The Service

The MHSS puts Ahmed in contact with a vocational rehabilitation consultant called Noah. At the first meeting, Noah introduces himself and the service, then explains the service parameters: a nine-month support programme specifically tailored to address the impact of Ahmed's mental health in the workplace. Noah clarifies that he is not a medical doctor, psychologist or counsellor, and cannot offer clinical advice. Noah takes a detailed history from Ahmed of his mental health condition and workplace triggers. Noah builds trust with Ahmed through open questions and active listening techniques to help him disclose his concerns.




3. The Strategy

Ahmed and Noah devise a support plan to include practical advice and coping strategies for Ahmed to use in the workplace. For example:

  • Colour-coded task tracker to help Ahmed keep on top of his administrative tasks
  • Series of relaxation and breathing techniques to improve Ahmed’s ability to concentrate and focus on specific tasks

Noah also recommended some workplace adjustments and wellbeing support for Ahmed's support plan. For example:

  • Weekly Friday meeting with his line manager to check on his wellbeing and help him plan for the week ahead



4. The Solution

Nine months later, Ahmed reports feeling better equipped to cope with his workload and less overwhelmed daily. He has strategies to plan and prioritise his work tasks, producing a more optimistic attitude towards his work and helping him manage his mental health.



How do I apply?

Able Futures is a nationwide specialist partnership set up to provide the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions.

 

Call Able Futures free on 0800 321 3137 from 8am to 10.30pm on Monday to Friday to find out more or visit their website to apply online.

 



Remploy is a leading provider of specialist employment and skills support for disabled people and those with health conditions who deliver the confidential service funded by the Department for Work and Pensions.

 

Call Remploy free on 0300 456 8114 from 9am to 5pm on Monday to Friday to find out more or visit their website to fill out an enquiry form.

 


Article by Dr. Deborah Leveroy, Neurodiversity & Inclusion Lead at Dyslexia Box.


[1] Bank J, Karjalainen H & Propper C (2020) IFS Briefing Note BN281 Recessions and health: The long-term health consequences of responses to coronavirus. London. Institute of Fiscal Studies.

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"My employee is dyslexic! What do I do?"

 

"My employee is dyslexic! What do I do?"

 

Presented by Dr Deborah Leveroy, Neurodiversity & Inclusion Lead at Dyslexia Box.

Hosted by Dyslexia Box at the 'Neurodiversity in the Workplace: Support, Solutions and Best Practice' event on 19th May 2021.

 

Watch this webinar in the video below.



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"Celebrating and Supporting Dyslexia in the Workplace"

Presented by Donna Stevenson, Commercial Training & Development Executive at British Dyslexia Association.

Hosted by Dyslexia Box for a pre-recorded webinar on 19th November 2020.

 

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Supporting Dyslexia in the Workplace

 

"British Dyslexia Association: Dyslexia in the Workplace"

 

Presented by Gillian Ashley, Chief Development Officer at British Dyslexia Association.

Hosted by Dyslexia Box for a pre-recorded webinar on 19th November 2020.

 

Watch this webinar in the video below.



Dyslexia, Tech & The World Of Work

 

"Dyslexia, Tech & The World Of Work"

 

Presented by Neil Milliken, Global Head of Accessibility at Atos.

Hosted by the Dyslexia Show 2020 virtual event on 23rd - 24th June 2020, sponsored by Dyslexia Box.

 

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Educational Assistive Tech Giveaway for Dyslexia Awareness Week 2021

 

To celebrate Dyslexia Awareness Week 2021, we're giving one lucky person the chance to win a C-Pen Exam Reader worth £240!

 

For your chance to win, simply follow these steps to enter:

  • Follow Dyslexia Box on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn
  • Like the Giveaway post
  • Leave a comment tagging 3 of your friends or colleagues

 

Here's the links to our social channels:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/dyslexia-box

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DyslexiaBox

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dyslexiabox/

 

Competition Terms & Conditions below:

This competition is in no way endorsed or sponsored by the social media channels it is posted on.

No purchase necessary.

You must be 18 years or older to enter and living within the United Kingdom.

This competition is being run across multiple social media channels with only 1 winner being chosen from all entries across all channels.

The winner will be chosen at random from qualifying entries that meet the entrance criteria.

The competition will run on Wednesday 6th October from 09:00am until 23:59 GMT.

The organiser reserves the right to extend the competition period without prior notice.

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Workplace Assistive Tech Giveaway for Dyslexia Awareness Week 2021

 

To celebrate Dyslexia Awareness Week 2021, we're giving one lucky person the chance to win a Voyager Legend, Moleskine Smart Writing Set and Olympus Digital Voice Recorder worth £400!

 

For your chance to win, simply follow these steps to enter:

  • Follow Dyslexia Box on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn
  • Like the Giveaway post
  • Leave a comment tagging 3 of your friends or colleagues

 

Here's the links to our social channels:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/dyslexia-box

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DyslexiaBox

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dyslexiabox/

 

Competition Terms & Conditions below:

This competition is in no way endorsed or sponsored by the social media channels it is posted on.

No purchase necessary.

You must be 18 years or older to enter and living within the United Kingdom.

This competition is being run across multiple social media channels with only 1 winner being chosen from all entries across all channels.

The winner will be chosen at random from qualifying entries that meet the entrance criteria.

The competition will run on Tuesday 5th October from 09:00am until 23:59 GMT.

The organiser reserves the right to extend the competition period without prior notice.