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Civil Service Dyslexia and Dyspraxia Network


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 60 departments and agencies.


CSDDN aims to improve the working environment for Civil Servants impacted by dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia. We aim to achieve this through the four areas of our network strategy.

  1. Celebrating neurodiversity by raising awareness at our events and sharing successes. People with dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia have considerable strengths to offer the Civil Service. This needs to be celebrated and we want to champion this change.
  2. Strengthening the network through effective communications and outreach, particularly in the regions. We also want to encourage openness and disclosure, particularly from senior role models.
  3. Supporting staff and signposting to help for 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.
  4. Bring about change and improve understanding through positive relationships with networks in the diversity and inclusion community, Civil Service HR and departments. We provide advice and information to support policy development by engaging with other bodies to inform and improve working practices.

Key activities

CSDDN’s key activities include:

  • contributing to the Civil Service’s diversity agenda
  • responding to consultations on disability and diversity
  • proactively representing neurodiverse staff on cross-Civil Service groups, working groups and in other meetings
  • acting as a link between senior managers and people with neurodiverse conditions
  • promoting equal opportunities and diversity across the Civil Service
  • providing advice and support and a forum for cross-network dialogue on disability issues
  • sharing and promoting our dyslexia and dyspraxia toolkit for staff and their line managers (you can download the toolkit  here as a PDF)
  • running a buddying and mentoring network for dyslexics and dyspraxics

Further information

For further information about the CSDDN, contact