ASDES @ DVLA
During National Inclusion Week (September 2016), ASDES was invited to the DVLA to showcase the positive work that it carries out. The event was set up by Diversity and Inclusion Team at the DVLA in Swansea, to develop awareness amongst its 6000 employees of the range of services in the local communities that provide support across a wide range of needs.
ASDES was present for two days over the lunch time span with an engaging activity on day one followed by a presentation by Judith Thatcher on the work that ASDES carries out. Through events such as this ASDES is able to work with local employers to develop understanding of the some of the reasonable adjustments needed by employees with a diagnosis of ASD. It is hoped that through such awareness raising events ASDES can generate support for people in the work place with input from Access to Work grants.
Day one involved job coaches from ASDES working with the DVLA employees to recognise some of the factors in life that we individually have to have in place to make our day successful. Staff were asked to identify some hurdles that they face in life and how everyday activities have an impact on how they behave.
These factors were identified on speech bubbles that each individual posed with in a photo booth situation. Ruairi Evans, a current photography participant with ASDES, took the responsibility of photographing individuals and groups of staff with their statements. The activity engaged many throughout the lunch time period and it became apparent that those who have to have the TV volume on an even number were not alone in the DVLA workplace.
Ruairi with his contribution to the day “I wear jeans every single day non-stop and I must wear shorts if it is a hot sunny day!”
Unfortunately for security reasons we are not able to share the great images taken by Ruairi on the day, however the images were made available to the staff on their internal drive.
But we can share with you some of life’s needs from our job coaches (right to left) Keith Millward “I have to wash my hair first in the shower,” Julie Ottilie-Jones “ I have to sit down to have my photo taken” and Judith Thatcher “My socks have to match the colour of my shoes”