dysraxia disabiliy yes or no

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i have dyspraxia and the job centre said its not a disability but im interested to see how many people dissagree

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    I consider that Development Co-ordination Disorder (Dyspraxia) is a disability because, depending upon it's severity, it can limit certain things that a sufferer can do.

    Whilst the condition itself does not appear to impare the intelligence of a sufferer, co-ordination and reflexes can be markedly impared limiting job opportunities and carrying out routine duties around the house (or even driving).

    A great deal depends upon it's severity.


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      I realise that you struggle with certain things Sharon, but what you should not do is ever give up on yourself.

      The more that you keep trying to improve yourself and succeeding, the greater your levels of confidence will become.

      Self confidence is one of the greatest atributes that you can cultivate, but this takes time and only comes with perseverence and some success.

      So, the moral of the story is - keep trying.

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      i do but i also suffer with other learning difficulties to and every job i have gone for they just seem to discriminate and its not fair
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      Perhaps the sort of job you would like is the one where you can use the skills that you do have.  They wouldn't be academic, perhaps, but you;ll have other skills.  Can you bake?  Can you clean?  A friend of mine could clean, and he ended up running a little cleaning company.  And finding someone who can clean house for you, who's reliable and good, is worth a fortune!  
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      "jumping, speaking clearly and gripping a pencil"

      I would say then that Dyspraxia is a symptom of XXY as those are common problemks for these boys.  Even today holding a pen/pencil is diffciult for me.  I had to write down my bank account number for my daughters school today, and they had rewrite it as my handwriting is somewhat illegible.  Jumping is not an issue, never was, but accurately speaking even today is still a problem.  Often people can't make out my spoken words.  I consider them to be deaf, I'm certain I speak clearly!  Still it happens often that I can't make myself understood woith spoken words.     

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    i have been trying to get a job for ages now but people look and treat me like im an idiot cause i cant get the right words out or speak properly and get frustrated easily and it does not go down well with interviews i feel like i will never get a job cause all people seem to do is fob me off because of dsypraxia it affects me in a big way and can make me angry and depressed has anyone got any advice cause i cant put up with it i have had enough of not being able too get work plus i cant spell and this was corrected by spell checked so thats another big issue i have plus math is no good as well can anyone give me any tips please plus im from the uk so looking for uk based advice
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      My son has dyspraxia and it's quite severe,

      I believe the spectrum is measured the same as autism which he also has.

      In terms of dyspraxsia my son has never been able to ride a pedal bike, is very uncordinated in his movements, does not engage in contact sports and his handwriting is very poor.

      I believe dyspraxia causes him more problems than asd.

      He's now at college but wants to learn to drive, I honestly don't think he will be able to.

      He regularly does brain cross exercises and boxersize however this gas improved his balance/coordination only slightly.

      I'm not sure what the future holds in terms of employment for him

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      Would you consider a genetic test for XXY, you can take your concerns to your GP and s/he can order one, the test is called a "Karyotype."  
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      I do not have the ASD, although as a child there was thought that might... If I do,  it's pn the extremely mild side... Categorically, I am dyspraxic with adhd and reading disorder NOS.   I waa also a member of tje college honors program and have  two bachelor's degrees and a Masters degree in clinical counseling. I work as an administrator at an (US) Ohio public university assisting students with challenging life issues, administrative issues, and any other situations they might run into. 

      I love my work.

      But I couldn't have my work if I didn't learn how to drive. It took me approximately 4 years of weekly private lessons to.develop the skills and the  confidence needed to be safe on the road. I drive about 25,000 miles annually. I have had 3 speeding tickets in 25 years of driving. Same spot, same cop 2 in the late,90's 1 in 2013... lol.

      Suggestions that might help: instill that driving is life and death. 2 instill that emotions and driving don't mix; 3. My first 3 years on the road were all on either Saturday mornings before 9am or Sundays before 10am on fairly rural areas.. I might see 4 or 5 cars in 2-3 hours.   Culturally in the UK there may be quieter times... obviously my driving instructor had his own gas and brake controls.

      I was so bad to start, he said the only reason he would take me on was because unlike every other student that was as bad as I was, that I actually was afraid of hurting him or someone else...and it was clear that I wasn't trying to be a daredevil, it hust worked out like that at first... God bless Wayne, wherever he is now!!! smile 

      It is vital that you find an instructor who connects with your son, and can help him through his longer learning curve without other students 'observing' in the car. This will cost more, but a local job center or other agency may be able to help defray these costs.

      I hope this helps!


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      Wow...thank you so much for this advice...8 will definetly take it on board and look for a specialist driving instructor... I have only just seen this post...thanks you
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    you've said what you can't do, Sharon;  but look to the other side - what is it that you CAN do?  You've got talents and abilities like everyone else.  I'm pretty useless at maths, too.  And I'm not a whiz at crafts and things like that.  
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    Hi Sharon

    Sorry to read of your difficulties. I struggled too though I was unaware of my dyspraxia until about 4 years ago. As other people have said try to focus on what you can do and think of ways you might work around and overcome the difficulties you're having. It may be worth looking into CBT or mindfulness. There is also an online dyspraxic adults forum which I found really helpful when I was trying to come to terms with learning I was dyspraxic  

    Dyspraxia was definitely mentioned in the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. This legislation was later updated under the Equality Act 2010. This Act defines disability as 

    "You’re disabled under the Equality Act if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities*.

    Hope this is of some help/comfort.

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    Not exactly  sure why this is under Child Health. Sadly people don't magically grow out of Dyspraxia as soon as they reach adulthood. Yes if you're lucky you can develop strategies to get by but the world is a challenging place and it can  sometimes feel as if these strategies have become obsolete overnight.

    www.dyspraxicadults.org.uk is worth a visit. The Dyspraxia Foundation also have a helpline and contrary to belief do have some resources for adults struggling with the condition too.

    All the best 

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    Hi Sharon

    The Job Centre should still be support you,and make reasonable adjustments.  They also have access to a toolkit which gives a brief outline of what Dyspraxia is, what things someone with Dyspraxia might strugStaff can support someone with Dyspraxia.  The toolkit was designed in collaboration between DWP, consultants,charities, voluntary sector and people with the conditions. (Hidden Impairment Toolkit)  The toolkit covers Autism, Aspergers/ASD, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia & Speech&Language) It's a national toolkit, so all Job Centre Staff with access to the Job Centre's Intranet are able to access it via their vulnerable customer hub or by typing Dyspraxia in to the search field.  

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