Civil Service Dyslexia and Dyspraxia Network
Who are we?
The Civil Service Dyslexia and Dyspraxia Network (CSDDN) is a voluntary, staff network. It aims to improve the working experience of civil servants affected by or interested in four learning differences: dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia.
Our SCS Sponsor since January 2023, has been John Owen, Director for Financial Services in HM Treasury.
If you would like to join our monthly newsletter mailing list or contact the Network for further information, you can at CSDDNetwork@gmail.com.
How does the CSDDN work?
The CSDDN is a member of the Civil Service Disability Network and works to:
- Influence Civil Service policy making to improve the experience of civil servants impacted by dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia.
- Support, empower and enable civil servants to deliver innovative projects that can improve the experience of colleagues impacted by dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia in work.
- Act as a conduit so good practices can be shared between networks, departments, functions and professions, and central Civil Service policy teams, including Civil Service HR.
- Be a source of high quality, trustworthy information and guidance for civil servants managing issues surrounding dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia.
- Celebrate the strengths neurodivergent people have to offer, and challenge barriers which prevent them from reaching their full potential.
John Owen, Director for Financial Services in HMT, is the Network’s SCS Sponsor.
The Network’s primary activities include:
- Providing forums for volunteer-led projects and departmental networks, and civil servants interested in dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia.
- Act as a critical friend to CSHR teams to drive better, more inclusive policies and practices.
- Representing neurodivergent staff on cross-Civil Service groups and forums.
- Working with other Civil Service networks to make the Civil Service an inclusive, great place to work.
- Regularly sharing the latest thinking on dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia through our monthly newsletter.
- Sharing opportunities for civil servants to volunteer to test or feedback on new tools, policies and practices being developed.
- Sharing and promoting our products across government.
The Network’s most recent products include:
- CSDDN Dyslexia and Dyspraxia Toolkit for staff and their line managers. You can download the toolkit here as a PDF.
To sign up to our newsletter or for further information about the CSDDN, including please contact CSDDNetwork@gmail.com.