This guidance pack contains information on what are specific learning difficulties, learning disabilities, hearing and visual impairments and how they may present in the context of the workplace and potential challenges someone may have. It also contains information on how the employer can make appropriate suggestions for reasonable adjustments in a timely and cost effective manner.
This guidance pack has been designed if you have challenges going into or within the workplace for a number of reasons. These may be related to Hidden Impairments (also known as non-visible difficulties), Specific Learning Difficulties, and can be associated with people who are neurodiverse (e.g. Dyslexia, ADHD, ASD, Dyspraxia/DCD, Dyscalculia), Speech, communication and Language challenges.
This guidance pack provides advice at all stages of job preparation, from learning how to look for jobs, through to tips on writing a CV and disclosing your skills in a positive light. It also allows you to think about your potential barriers to success and how you can address these, where possible, one by one.
It is sometimes hard to think about what we are good at, especially if you have not had much experience in the workplace. However, all of us have experiences that can be used to show potential skills. This will describe ways these can be used positively.
Don’t leave your preparation to the last moment, or not bothering at all! Showing the potential employer that you have taken time to find out about them, shows you are truly interested in the job. Practising your skills without nerves will help you on the day. Work with someone you trust to try out your different responses to questions, so you are not surprised on the day. This will highlight the key aspects to consider and has links to some further examples of how to do it well.
This document provides some quick reminders to prepare you for the day of the interview. Use this as a checklist as a prompt on the day. Small things can make a difference, as your first impression is important. This document contains some hints and tips to help.
By dealing with the practical tasks the day before can then allow you to be able to feel calmer on the day of your interview and more prepared. The day before is the time to check you have all your paperwork lined up and your clothes clean and ready. This document includes a checklist for the day.
You may feel you are some way from gaining employment, but small steps can make a big difference. We sometimes get into a way of thinking that nothing can change and there is no way we can gain employment. The information in this document is to try and get you to think what are YOUR personal barriers and how they can be knocked down, brick by brick. Getting into work habits is an important first stage, developing a routine each day.
Good organisation and time management are important for nearly every workplace setting. Understanding how long a task will take, and then completing in time is essential. In addition, working out what is a priority (needs to be done first before other tasks) is also important. This information gives some hints and tips around how to improve these skills day to day.
Communication is a two-way street. It is the way we receive and understand spoken and written information, as well as our ability to express information by words, signs or writing. This document will provide you with information on how to improve your communication skills.