Working with a client recently to help with his job search he told me that he has dyspraxia.

I wondered how this was impacting his working life as he had experienced some difficulties.  Dyspraxia wasn’t something  I knew much about so I’ve looked on line to find out more
A useful site includes details on adult symptoms of Dyspraxia can be found here.
These can include:

  • Poor balance
  • Poor hand-eye coordination
  • Lack of manual dexterity
  • Difficulty with typing, handwriting and drawing
  • Unclear speech and unable to pronounce some words
  • Tendency to be over sensitive to noise
  • May be unable to distinguish between left and right
  • Difficulty in planning and organising thought
  • Poor short-term memory
  • Accuracy problems
  • Difficulty in following instructions
  • May only do one thing at a time properly
  • May daydream and wander aimlessly
  • Tendency to opt out of things that are too difficult
  • Slow to adapt to unpredictable situations
  • Prone to low self esteem

I now have a much better understanding about my client and think that these symptoms are one of the reasons why he hasn’t stayed at a job. So, to be successful in a job he is going to need to educate a company.
Another site suggests that job seekers create a one or two page summary that they submit to companies along with application forms.
The following link should help you create something relevant to you:
Help and guidance for employees:
Help and guidance for employers:
If you have dyspraxia how do you deal with it at interview and what impact has this had on your career?  You can use the ‘add comment’ link below
A reader suggested some additional resources,
Tenants Rights and Housing Assistance for the Disabled
Managing Your Child’s Transition to Adulthood
Transition to Adulthood: Home Remodeling for Young Adults with Special Needs
Special Needs Checklist: How Disability-Friendly is Your City?
The 9 Most Hazardous Chemicals for People With Special Needs
Vocational Training for Adults with Special Needs
These are from Christy of wondermoms.org

Published On: June 12th, 2010 / Categories: Students and Graduates / Tags: , /

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