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Declaring dyspraxia when applying for jobs

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TeenAndTween Fri 10-Feb-17 13:18:25

My 17yo DD who has dyspraxia is soon to enter the world of work.
At what point should / must she declare her dyspraxia to an employer, or should she just keep quiet?

- she wouldn't apply for any job requiring a high amount of motor skills
- she wouldn't apply to a job requiring high admin and organisation
- her self-organisation is poor, but if shown a method she can follow it after a bit of practice

HollyBollyBooBoo Fri 10-Feb-17 13:32:20

I don't think she has to declare it at all.

Depending on how bad her condition is she may feel that it falls under the Disability Discrimination Act and employers would need to support her by making 'reasonable adjustments'. So she'd need to tell them at some point so these measures can be put in place.

Finding the right job is going to be so important - it's no fun being performance managed if she can't perform in a job even with some support from her employers.

TeenAndTween Fri 10-Feb-17 19:03:40

Thank you.
I don't think it's too bad, but there are certain jobs she'd be hopeless at (e.g. waitressing!) but within the types of jobs she would go for there would probably still be some tasks that she would struggle to get the hang of, but would be OK when practiced.

Zebraar Sun 12-Feb-17 21:37:57

I think it's up to the employer to plan suitable interview and probation period activity to check that the applicant/appointed person is right, so I wouldn't mention. Not all would know what it is, but may still be put off

Missbohan Sun 12-Feb-17 21:40:27

I have it - have never told any employer. Never had any problems - not sure why you would 'declare' it to be honest, a lot of people have it and don't even know. I don't think it will help her making a huge deal about it for first job, probably won't be great for her confidence. She may have to try harder to get the swing of things at the beginning but that will be the case whether she tells them or not - let her try without "declaring" it and see how she goes

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