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TSSA's Neurodiversity Programme

TSSA has been leading on Neurodiversity for the past decade. Our programme has been developed through academic research and lived experiences of our members and workplace reproesentatives. Read on the find out more about what Neurodiversity is and what resource we have to help you  create a neurodiverse friendly workplace.

Neurodiversity at Work

TSSA is setting the standard for equality including neurodiversity. Members and Reps can use our Equality Bargaining Standards to work with the company, aiming to achieve our Gold Standard for Neurodiversity.

Download the 'Neurodiversity at Work' TSSA Equality Bargaining Standard here:   Neurodiversity at Work Equality Bargaining Standard

Neurodiversity Role Model Posters

TSSA members have stepped up to become role models and raise awareness of neurodiversity in the workplace. Download our role model posters and put them up in your workplace, or contact Adele Potten-Price to get some sent to you potten-pricea@tssa.org.uk

ND Poster photo display

Lisa Jackson    ND Poster Lisa Jackson Dyspraxia     ND Poster Lisa Jackson Proud  

Paul Song   ND Poster Paul Song Dyspraxia    ND Poster Paul Song Proud

Eve Cole   ND Poster Eve Cole Dyslexia    ND Poster Eve Cole Proud

What is neurodiversity?

Neurodiversity is an umbrella term referring to a group of neurodivergent development disorders which share common features, in particular differences in how people learn and process information. Definitions vary, but here we use the term to refer to:

·         Dyslexia

·         Dyspraxia aka DCD (developmental coordination disorder)

·         Attention Deficit Disorders (ADD/ADHD) and

·         Autism (Autism Spectrum including Asperger’s syndrome).

Under the law these conditions are collectively known as 'hidden disabilities', a useful term for gaining and securing disability discrimination rights under the Equality Act 2010.

The word neurodiversity has been adopted by TSSA because many, or even most, people with information-processing differences do not consider themselves disabled, but prefer to describe themselves as having a different set of skills, abilities and ways of seeing the world which may be very helpful in some situations and less so in others. With appropriate support it is possible to be highly successful and many people find niches in which they can flourish.

Why do I need to know about neurodiversity in the workplace?

 Each condition presents its own challenges and is often accompanied by unique strengths.

For example, many individuals develop high levels of determination and resilience from working twice as hard to overcome issues in their everyday life.

However some people find that they struggle in certain aspects of their job because of difficulties associated with their condition, in ways that their colleagues do not. Often, providing information to individuals and employers and making a few simple reasonable adjustments to the working environment is all that is needed to support the individual to develop to their full potential and make their working day a much more positive experience.

How can I find out more?

There are lots of ways to find out more;

·         You can use the links on the left of this page. 

·         You can apply to go on the Neurodiversity Awareness Course here  every TSSA members is welcome

·         You can contact the TSSA Helpdesk here.  or,

·         You can contact; Adèle Potten-Price, Neurodiversity Lead, Strategic Organising and Campaigns Organiser potten-pricea@tssa.org.uk

 

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