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Our objective is to educate and inform individuals and organisations, and to equip adults with Dyslexia, ADHD and other Specific Learning Difficulties with knowledge, dignity, and power.

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10 Tips for Individuals with Dyslexia in the workplace

10 Tips for Individuals with Dyslexia in the workplace

We’ve put together ten tips for dyslexic individuals to help you in the workplace! 1) Advance warning Wherever possible and practical, ask for advance notice of any tasks which you are required to complete, as well as requesting copies of reading materials for any meetings/training sessions. This will give you enough time to prepare/read through the information supplied. In turn, this will ensure that you feel well prepared and not flustered. 2) Distractions Consider your workplace – where is your desk located? Do you work in an open office? Are you right in the middle of the room, surrounded on all sides by colleagues? Or are you in a corner, with only two sides fronted by colleagues? Are you located close to a photocopier or other noisy pieces of office equipment? The location of your workspace is important, as it can have a big impact on your focus and concentration. In particular, auditory distractions emanating from behind you will pose the biggest challenge to your...

ADHD and Stress

ADHD and Stress

This year, November 2nd is National Stress Awareness Day, founded by the International Stress Management Association (ISMA) in 1998. Since then, the first Wednesday in November has been known as National Stress Awareness Day, to ensure that this important topic stays at the forefront of everyone’s minds. Stress is a big problem. In 2015/16, 37% of all work-related reasons for ill health (and 45% of all sick days) were attributed to stress (Source: HSE). For individuals with ADHD, their stress can be compounded, and can manifest as a constant in their life (Source: ADDitude). The neural differences in individuals with ADHD mean that they are particularly susceptible to experiencing heightened levels of stress, due to the ways in which ADHD generates its own stresses. Consider the way in which ADHD impairs executive functioning, challenges working memory and impacts on organisation. Individuals with ADHD might, for example, misplace their keys or forget appointments/run late more...

ADHD and (dis)organisation: Ten tips for getting organised!

ADHD and (dis)organisation: Ten tips for getting organised!

Organisation: 10 ADHD Tips You Can’t Be Without   Organisation: one of the greatest challenges for individuals with ADHD/ADD. Here we suggest 10 top tips to help deal with the disorganisation head on!     1) Rethink your filing system Adults with ADHD often struggle to implement an efficient filing system, as they can get carried away and create too many diverse categories. A better approach would be to keep the categories broad, with additional subfolders where necessary. For example, you could label one folder ‘Insurance’ and create subfolders for ‘car insurance’, ‘house insurance’, ‘travel insurance’ etc. 2) Create a document ‘hot spot’ The document hot spot is a red, see-through folder which contains the most important and time-sensitive documents. These are for tasks/documents that need processing urgently. The document hot spot folder should live on your desk, and should contain documents relating to no more than five different tasks which need to be...

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