The Civil Service Dyslexia and Dyspraxia Network (CSDDN) is a voluntary, self-led, staff-run organisation. It comes under the umbrella of the Civil Service Disability Network.
Sir Chris Wormald, Permanent Secretary of the Department for Health and Social Care, is the Network Champion.
As of September 2018, CSDDN had members of all grades from over 30 departments and agencies.
The CSDDN was launched via an inaugural event on 11 June 2018, following increasing demand for greater support by dyslexic and dyspraxic staff.
The CSDDN’s principal aims are to:
- Support staff members with dyslexia and dyspraxia, as well as their line managers, colleagues, friends and family, to ensure we get the best outcomes for our people
- Raise awareness of dyslexia, dyspraxia (and associated conditions such as dyscalculia and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, which fall under the neurodiversity umbrella)
- Encourage greater openness and disclosure, particularly in the Senior Civil Service, so that staff have clear role models and gain confidence in talking openly and honestly about their conditions
- Increase diversity within, and awareness of, disability in the Civil Service, to ensure we reflect the public we serve. Estimates suggest that at least 10% of the population is dyslexic and/or dyspraxic – and this is probably reflected in our workforce. We believe openly recognising and celebrating differences will enable colleagues to deliver the best outcomes for civil servants and the public
- Drive positive change in conversations on neurodiversity, being the leading voice in the public arena to ensure we harness the potential and positive aspects of dyslexia and dyspraxia; as well as ‘myth busting’ to tackle the negative and mistaken perceptions of these conditions
CSDDN’s key activities include:
- contributing to the Civil Service’s diversity agenda. We provide advice and information to support policy development by engaging as and when necessary with other bodies to inform and change working practices
- responding to consultations on disability and diversity
- proactively representing disabled staff on cross-Civil Service groups, working groups and in other meetings
- acting as a link between senior managers and people with disabilities
- promoting equal opportunities and diversity across the Civil Service
- providing advice and support and a forum for cross-network dialogue on disability issues
- running a buddying and mentoring network for dyslexics and dyspraxics
For further information about the CSDDN, contact CSDyslexiaDyspraxiaNetwork@culture.gov.uk