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    How do you support neurodiverse learners?

    Do your tutors know how to fully support neurodiverse learners, for example those with autism, dyslexia, ADHD and Aspergers, so that they reach their full potential? What about neurodiverse learners on workplace learning programmes? And do your staff know what words and expressions to use and avoid when talking about disability and learning difficulty? New guidance might help

    Around 1 in 7 people are neurodivergent, meaning that their brain functions, learns, processes and interprets information differently. Neurodivergence can include Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders, Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia.

    ACAS and the Education and Training Foundation have released new guidance on supporting people with neurodiverse conditions. The government has also released new guidance on words and expressions to use and avoid when talking about disability and learning difficulty


    The ACAS guidance includes the steps that employers can take to support neurodiversity in the workplace, which will be relevant for staff supporting neurodiverse learners on apprenticeship programmes. It will also be relevant for the better support of neurodiverse staff in the organisation.

    You can access the guidance here

    Education and Training Foundation

    Three new reference guides on supporting learners with autism, dyslexia and hearing loss have been published on the SEND Excellence Gateway site. These include tips for adapting communication, teaching strategies and environments. They also include links to further resources and CPD.

    Each guide aims to provide teachers and trainers in the FE sector with an understanding of the potential impact of autism, dyslexia and other neurodiverse conditions on learning, and how better to support learners to achieve their full potential. They explain how staff can make the most of an individual’s strengths and positive characteristics that may be associated with their impairment

    You can find out more or access the guides here

    Government guidance

    The government has published a guide to inclusive language; words to use and avoid when talking about disabled people. It is fairly basic, but it might be useful to those who are new to disability equality, and who are not familiar with words and expressions to use and avoid.

    You can access the guide here

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