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Learning to screen your workforce for hidden disabilities : 1. Introduction

1. Introduction

What is a hidden disability?

A hidden disability is one that is not instantly evident. Dyslexia is a hidden disability.  So is dyspraxia, dyscalculia, ADD/ADHD and autistic spectrum disorders.  They are also known as specific learning difficulties.

Why it’s important to screen for hidden disabilities?

Some adults have never been screened before and are unaware they have a hidden disability. Hidden disabilities may affect a person’s performance at work.  By helping your employees to understand the difficulties they may be encountering, effective support can be put in place to improve work performance and self-esteem.

How can my organisation screen for hidden disabilities?

We have developed a 32-item screening questionnaire called the Hidden Disability Questionnaire (HDQ) that highlights features of hidden disabilities. It can be used to identify individuals who may need adaptations or reasonable adjustments to help with their work. It can also identify those who need further more detailed assessment.

The Hidden Disability Questionnaire is carried out face-to-face and includes an online scoring tool that produces a detailed report.

The Hidden Disability Questionnaire indicates a degree of difficulty in relation to five main areas, including:

  • A total ‘Hidden Disabilities’ score
  • Concentration, attention and memory
  • Practical tasks and motor co-ordination
  • Calculation and maths
  • Social outlook and confidence

Based on the detailed report further conversations can take place between managers and employees to signpost them to specialists for diagnosis and support.

What training do I need to use the Hidden Disability Questionnaire?

We have developed a two day training programme to give you the expertise to deliver, score and evaluate the Hidden Disability Questionnaire.

Find out more

To find out more please email us or call 0151 228 8056 .

It should be noted that the Hidden Disability Questionnaire is not a formal diagnostic procedure and is currently only suitable for people aged 16+ only.

Did you know?

Assistive technologies help with everyday literacy and organisation tasks from reading or writing to planning or making calculations.