What is Dyspraxia and why is it important?
I’m putting this page up on my website because I believe in being honest with customers about myself and my abilities to perform the service you want me to give you. Dyspraxia is a little known neurological condition that affects sufferers in different ways. Approximately 2-5% of the UK population have Dyspraxia and the average classroom or workplace is likely to have at least one person with the condition.
According to the Dyspraxia Foundation UK: (http://www.dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk)
“is a common disorder affecting fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. DCD is formally recognised by international organisations including the World Health Organisation. DCD is distinct from other motor disorders such as cerebral palsy and stroke, and occurs across the range of intellectual abilities.” [Dyspraxia Foundation UK].
It’s a form of limited motor impairment of the way my brain transmits information. This affects simple things like my movement, reaction to stimulus, emotional impacts but more importantly my ability to learn. I like to think that I have a very meticulous approach to my work and that if it wasn’t for this I could learn to take my skills to that of a confident web developer who can solve problems writing code “out of the box”.
What does it mean for you and me?
If I feel I can’t perform the service you’re asking of me, I will say so. I’m always keen to learn new things and I will always be clear about the kind of service I can offer you. But please don’t let me stop you coming to me with potential for working together. Working life for Dyspraxic people can be harder than for none neuro-diverse people but there can be positive impacts too, such as empathy, determination and finding creative answers to solving problems.
I hope you find this description of Dyspraxia a useful and interesting read.