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Starting University in 2017?

Posted on June 14, 2017

Come and gain some practise and experience in living independently in halls so you can start uni with confidence!
The Dyscovery Centre is hosting a short residential summer workshop this year to help new students have a good start into their time at university.

Thursday, 31st of August – Friday, 1st of September 2017

For young adults aged 18 or over with ASD/Dyspraxia/Dyslexia/ADHD/Tourette’s. The group will cater for all skill levels; you can’t be too good or not good enough!

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Recruitment Questions: How to cope with ADHD at work

Posted on April 25, 2017

Possibly the most important aspect of not letting ADHD or ADD get in the way of your work is to find a job that you enjoy and that keeps you interested. Many people experience boredom and repetitive tasks at work, which leads to greater problems regarding attention and focus. However, if you are engaging in something you love, you are more likely to stay focused.

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Recruitment Questions: What makes people with ADHD great at work?

Posted on March 31, 2017

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) are not confined to childhood. For some people the symptoms get better with age but for many others, restlessness and difficulties to focus their attention stay with them through adolescence and adulthood. ADHD can make work life difficult for many people – struggling to sit still and concentrate for a long period, procrastinating, missing deadlines, forgetting tasks, thoughts trailing off to something else… ADHD and ADD in adulthood can take many different forms. However, most people succeed at work despite these additional difficulties.

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Recruitment Questions: How to make ASD work at work

Posted on February 13, 2017

People with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Asperger’s Syndrome often struggle to find work. This is slowly but surely changing, with more and more employers recognising the great skills that people with autism can bring into the workplace. While skills such as reliability, diligence, loyalty, and dedication are great assets for employees and employers alike, some adjustments in the workplace can make life and work a lot easier for people with autism and their co-workers.

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Recruitment Questions: Why Microsoft hires People with Autism

Posted on February 10, 2017

Microsoft and other big employers such as the American firms Freddie Mac and Walgreens, and the German company SAP have started to specifically hire people with autism. Why? Because many autistic traits are exactly what employers often seek but cannot find: Where other people may get distracted by their phone at work, or arrive late, or take extended lunch breaks; people with autism are often very meticulous and hard-working – attention to detail and the desire to finish a project perfectly can lead to great results in the workplace.

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Recruitment Questions: Dyspraxia in the Workplace

Posted on December 7, 2016

Having dyspraxia, also known as developmental coordination disorder (DCD), can have quite an impact on your work, applications for jobs and work-life balance. Struggling with the coordination of movement makes it harder to sit in an office and to carry out tasks such as typing or handwriting notes or texts. The impact dyspraxia has on executive functioning can also lead to getting lost in unfamiliar surroundings, thoughts trailing off in the middle of a task, or forgetting about the schedule of the day. But what can make work easier for you?

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Recruitment Questions: How Dyspraxia is an Asset for Employees and Employers

Posted on December 6, 2016

While a position with lots of pressure, a busy workplace with lots of demands at once, and jobs that require high levels of motor skills may feel too challenging or overwhelming, there are many fields in which people with dyspraxia can excel. And practise also helps! Most of all, however, this article will focus on what people with dyspraxia are especially good at and how that can make them an asset for their employer.

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Recruitment Questions: What adjustments can help in the workplace with dyslexia?

Posted on November 30, 2016

Many people with dyslexia are very intelligent, creative, have great ideas, and can see the bigger picture where others panic about details. But dyslexia does bring some difficulties for work. It is often expected of employees to write reports, communicate within the company or even customers via email or other written text, and be able to read quickly and correctly understand information from only glancing at a text. This can be hard.

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Recruitment Questions: Why should we hire someone with dyslexia?

Posted on November 29, 2016

While this is a question that many companies may ask, dyslexia is not simply a learning difficulty. It is much more than that and the working world is opening up to the advantages that people with an unique style of thinking can bring to a company. We loved this blog post explaining why every boardroom should hire a dyslexic and have collected some information around dyslexia in the workplace and why it can be a valuable asset.

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Launching "Recruitment Questions"

Posted on November 28, 2016

Learning and developmental difficulties can affect your working life – but they don’t need to stop you from doing and achieving what you want! Our ongoing series of articles, Recruitment Questions, answers some of the questions you might have about working and employment with a learning difficulty.

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Moving to Treforest

Posted on November 16, 2016

The Dyscovery Centre has moved location!

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How to Succeed in College and University with Specific Learning Difficulties

Posted on November 18, 2014

For any adult with specific learning difficulties going to college or university can be a challenge. Through her new book – “How to Succeed in College and University with Specific Learning Difficulties: A guide for students, educators and parents “ Professor Amanda Kirby identifies routes to success in both education and socially. Please click here for more information

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Dyslang

Posted on November 18, 2014

The Dyscovery Centre took part in the Dyslang project with European partners to produce an online training course for teachers supporting a multilingual child with dyslexia. The modules are now available to download from here. There is also a summary booklet of the modules which can be posted out on receipt of a stamped self-addressed A4 size envelope: 90p for 1st class postage, 69p for 2nd class.

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Football Coaching

Posted on November 18, 2014

Dr Alyson Richards, Director of the Dyscovery Centre, Dr Catherine Purcell, Senior Research Fellow, and Sally Scott Roberts, Senior Lecturer and Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist, completed a pilot project in collaboration with Mel Tuckwell, Senior Lecturer in Coaching, to provide students on the Foundation Degree in Coaching Children with a five week live-coaching experience with children who have behavioural, emotional and social difficulties and diagnoses such as DCD, ADHD and ASD, as part of their ‘Adapted Coaching’ module, to raise their awareness of and develop their skills in the coaching needs of children with ‘hidden impairments’.

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