Jobs for People With Dyspraxia
Dyspraxia is a coordination development disorder that affects motor skills, posture, speech, coordination, and organisation. The disorder affects both children and adults, however, awareness and knowledge of the condition in adults are low.
Dyspraxia is a more common condition than you might think and it affects many adults across the U.K, around 10% of the population. Notably, it is something that can have an impact on these adults’ working lives and employment. Many people with dyspraxia may feel that their condition impairs them in finding a suitable job, keeping that job, and generally being happy at work.
On this page, we are going to discuss this issue a little more.
What Are the Best Jobs for People With Dyspraxia?
When it comes to finding the most suitable role possible with dyspraxia, it is less about what job you go for and instead how you manage that job instead. Working with dyspraxia will require specific coping mechanisms, working strategies, and work-based support.
As a physical disorder that impacts your daily life on a long-term basis, dyspraxia is something that entitles you to disability support. If you have been diagnosed by a doctor or other medical professional, you can be classified as a disabled person in the U.K. with dyspraxia. This means that you cannot be discriminated against in work under the Equality Act of 2010.
An important part of this Equality Act includes “reasonable adjustments”. Reasonable adjustments are changes or modifications that your employer can make to your job, job role, responsibilities, or working environment to help you manage work with a disability. With dyspraxia, some reasonable adjustments that might help you at work include:
- Extra time for deadlines
- Flexible working patterns
- Spellchecking software, a bigger monitor, ergonomic keyboard and mouse
- Written instructions in accessible formats
- Reduction of workload
You are entitled to ask your employer for any adjustment you need, if they deem it reasonable and feasible, it must be implemented.
Read more about your rights at work in our dedicated section.
Where Can I Find a Job as Someone with Dyspraxia?
As we have discussed, it is the right support at work that makes a difference when you have a condition such as dyspraxia.
You can receive this support by finding an inclusive, supportive, and Disability-Friendly employer. These employers will be the best at understanding what you need and being willing to provide it.
To find them, head over to our directory of inclusive companies. Here you will find someone to work for who will put your best interest first.
Then, you can check out our live job board for current vacancies from these employers.
Good luck on your job search, never settle for any less than you deserve.