Adults and Dysgraphia
Many adults who have dysgraphia have never been diagnosed as being dysgraphic.
People with dysgraphia often have significant problems in a work environment, filling in forms, completing tasks on time, etc., and they frequently try to hide these difficulties.
A lot of adults with dysgraphia also suffer from low self-esteem, lack of confidence and fall short of their employment ability. They are often relieved to know their lack of progress is due to dysgraphia and once diagnosed; they can receive the right kind of help. Age is no barrier to testing!
Dysgraphia and ‘Workplace Needs Assessment’
Many adults in the workplace have never been assessed for dysgraphia. We get people of all ages, saying they think they have dysgraphia and how can they get help. Many people with dysgraphia also have dyslexia. Age is no barrier to testing!
Workplace Needs Assessment
If you are having problems at work, which you believe is related to your dysgraphia, you can ask for a ‘Workplace Needs Assessment’. The Assessor will go into your workplace at a convenient time and watch you work, take your opinions into account, (and those of management, if necessary).
You will receive a comprehensive report advising, any specific help that is required; such as Voice Recognition Software (VRS), Spell-Checker, Grammar Checker, or other specialist software.
Provided the requirements are ‘reasonable’, your employer will have to look at implementing the recommendations. Often the items in question can be provided by the company at a very reasonable price. This comes under the ‘reasonable adjustments’ that employers should make.
Find an Assessor for a ‘Workplace Needs Assessment’
The British Dyslexia Association (BDA), can arrange for assessments or testing to be carried out, as do, other providers around the country.
Do not be afraid to ask for help. Why keep struggling when support is available?
The BDA can be contacted via their website: BDA Workplace Assessments.
Access to Work Scheme (AtW)
People with dysgraphia should be able to use the Access to Work Scheme (AtW), which offers help to place people with learning difficulties at work. It can provide practical and financial support. It can also provide training facilities.
The amount of money you may get is dependent on your circumstances, but these monies do not have to be paid back and will not affect any other benefits.
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