Here is a small selection of our ‘go-to’ web resources and articles. Note that if you’re an employee or volunteer of a police force or criminal justice agency, we recommend that you join our web forum – here you’ll find a much larger range of resources, and you can join in discussions and connect with other members and support professionals.
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For people affected by neurodivergent conditions – support & diagnosis information
The National Autistic Society is the UK’s leading autism charity. Some useful links from their website:
There are several autism self-screening questionnaires on the web – here is a test recommended by the NAS. Note that the score is indicative only – see the links above for information on obtaining a formal diagnosis.
The British Dyslexia Association represents people with dyslexia. Along with the resources on their website, the BDA offers a private individual assessment service and links to commercial online screening tools. These can generate a report which can be passed on to an employer to assist with requesting reasonable adjustments.
The Dyspraxia Foundation is a UK-wide charity, founded in 1987 as the Dyspraxia Trust. The Foundation seeks to increase understanding of dyspraxia, supports families affected by the condition, and assists healthcare and education professionals working with dyspraxic adults and children.
The ADHD Foundation works in partnership with individuals, families, doctors, teachers and other agencies to improving emotional wellbeing, educational attainment, behaviour and life chances through better understanding and self-management of ADHD and related learning difficulties. The Foundation has produced a guide to ADHD – this is pitched at healthcare professionals, but contains useful information for anyone not familiar with the condition.
The mental health charity Mind has a comprehensive library of resources on mental health and mental illnesses including anxiety and depression, conditions which commonly affect those on the autism spectrum
The Sunflower Lanyard Scheme allows people with hidden conditions such as autism to discreetly signal to staff in public spaces that they may need additional support. The scheme is recognised in rail stations, airports, supermarkets and other public locations around the world. Lanyards, wristbands and other forms of identification can be purchased from the website shop.
If you have a neurodivergent condition such as autism, you are likely to be covered by the Equality Act 2010:
- The government Disability Unit has produced a PDF guide to what constitutes a disability under the Equality Act (neurodivergent conditions are included as examples of long-term impairments on pages 8-9)
- ACAS has provided a guide to the Act and the protections afforded by it for disabled employees
More information on your rights and entitlements can be found on the Disabled Police Association legal resources webpage
The GMB Union has produced a guide to neurodiversity and employment law, ‘Thinking Differently at Work’, which explains employees’ entitlements concerning treatment of disability in the workplace, reasonable adjustments and career progression
The British Psychological Society has produced a report, Psychology at work: Improving wellbeing and productivity in the workplace – Chapter 2 (pages 43-61) covers neurodiversity, including explanations of the main neurodivergent conditions and examples of reasonable adjustments for neurodivergent and disabled staff
The Data & Marketing Association has produced the Autism Employer Guide to help employers to understand autism and its potential to diversify and expand the pool of talent available to them
The National Autistic Society has produced a guide for police officers on how to work with autistic victims, witnesses and suspects
Register of Appropriate Adult schemes throughout the UK
Article by Autism West Midlands on autistic people coming into contact with the police
The Autism Research Centre at Cambridge University is at the forefront of research into autism spectrum conditions. Click the links for a list of current projects and a profile of the Director, Professor Sir Simon Baron-Cohen. (In case you were wondering, comedian Sacha Baron-Cohen is his cousin.)
The Nottingham Autism Police Partnership is an interdisciplinary group of autistic individuals, police officers and academics from across the UK, established by researchers at the University of Nottingham
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