The Accessible Learning Foundation – or ALF –is campaigning for: 

• better identification and;
• support for people with neurodivergent conditions.

Ensuring neurodivergent people can always find their way.

People with dyslexia, ADHD, autism, and other neurodivergent conditions should have the same opportunities as everybody else.

But school and work aren’t so straightforward for those who learn differently, and without extra literacy support they can be left behind.

Our aims

1. Early identification of neurodivergent children in primary schools

Only 1 in 5 dyslexic children leave school with their dyslexia identified.

With broader and more accessible screening, more neurodivergent children will be identified — and more children will get the literacy support they need, right from the start.

To make that happen, we’re campaigning for:

  • Changes to Government policy that make sure all primary school children are screened for neurodivergent conditions in primary school.
  • Low or no-cost teacher training and classroom tools to support children with dyslexia and other learning differences.
  • Online screening in primary schools that covers all aspects of literacy and can be used by all teachers.
  • Research to develop better support in schools for neurodivergent children.

2. Better support for learning differences in prisons

Around half of adult prisoners are thought to have dyslexia, and a study by the Ministry of Justice showed that 57% had “literacy levels below those expected of an 11-year-old”.

When prisoners have access to education and training, they become less likely to reoffend and find it easier to return to work.

To give all prisoners an equal chance to learn, we’re pushing for:

  • Better identification and understanding of dyslexia and other learning differences.
  • Greater awareness of neurodivergent conditions in prison communities.
  • Extra support with reading and learning.

3. Wider understanding of neurodivergence in workplaces

Dyslexia, ADHD, ADD, autism and other neurodivergent conditions can make work very challenging in lots of different ways.

When awareness in the workplace is low, people don’t get the support or understanding they need to thrive.

To give those with learning differences access to more and better job opportunities, we want to see:

  • Staff training that helps employees to identify and understand learning differences in themselves and others.
  • More companies offering effective, well researched support for neurodivergent employees

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