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Disability Working Group

DWG logoThe TSSA Disability Working Group is a group for TSSA members who have disabilities as defined in the current version of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

Aims of our Group

The TSSA Disability Working Group exists to advance the interests of TSSA members with disabilities by:

  1. Providing support for TSSA members with disabilities, and striving to increase their active participation in union affairs;
  2. Campaigning on issues facing TSSA members with disabilities, within the union, within the workplace, and in society in general;
  3. Raising awareness of disability issues amongst the TSSA membership, amongst employers, and in society in general;
  4. Ensuring effective representation of TSSA members with disabilities;
  5. Advising the TSSA Executive Committee on matters relating to disabilities

The TSSA Disability Working Group had its inaugural meeting on Saturday 27 November 2005 and was created to provide a safe, caring forum for members who have any type of disability to come along and discuss any issues or concerns they may have.

ALL members will be given the opportunity to put their opinions forward.

Too often people with disabilities are excluded. The policy of this group is inclusion not exclusion.

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Dyslexia Week, 5-11 October 2020

Dyslexia Institute UK is hosting a programme of online talks. Events include using Claro's Writing Helper, assistive tech for dyslexics in education, diagnosis of dyslexia, dyscalculia, the state of dyslexia in Africa and dyslexia in the workplace.  They address questions such as: 'Why is the range of approaches to dyslexia diagnosis and support so varied across Europe?' and 'Why do some educators refuse to assess for dyslexia?' A 15 day FREE trial of the Claro Wrting Helper is available: There is a Claro website reader FREE to try for 1 year: Contact the DWG Secretary if you want to load to a website: Email:

What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a learning difference which mainly affects reading and writing skills. However, it does not only affect these skills. Dyslexia is actually about the way someone processes information. Some dyslexic adults feel unable to cope with their difficulties, whilst others have found ways to get round their problems. Changing demands at work or a new situation in life, such as going to university, can present tough challenges. People with dyslexia think and learn differently from others. They sometimes feel as if their mind is ‘differently wired’- they are neuro-diverse. 


Latest News

  1. Coronavirus and TSSA

    17 March 2020

    As you may have seen in the media there is a significant body amongst the scientific community who doubt that the measures which the British government is asking us to take, in light of the Coronavirus pandemic, are good enough. This is not helped by the fact that different governments across Britain and Ireland are taking differing views on what needs to be done and when.

  2. Disability Working Group AGM 2019

    5 November 2019

    Our TSSA Disability Working Group (DWG) is holding its Annual General Meeting on Saturday November 9th. All TSSA members are invited.

  3. Disability Working Group Mini Conference

    20 May 2019

    The Disability Working Group is holding a mini Conference in Glasgow. This will take place on Saturday 8th June at the Hilton Hotel featuring a wide range of speakers. The venue is fully accessible and all TSSA members are welcome.

  4. Open letter to pub trust about homophobia against TSSA member

    5 March 2018

    Open letter to the Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust, operator of the Leopard Pub Doncaster

  5. TSSA launch art competition for Disability History Month

    16 November 2017

    TSSA's Disability Working Group (DWG) launch an art competition open to all members and their families.