Government Digital Service: Disability

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 15th March 2019.

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Photo of Jo Platt Jo Platt Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to increase neurodiversity within the Government Digital Service.

Photo of Oliver Dowden Oliver Dowden The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

The Government Digital Service (GDS) Disability Forum is used to represent the voice of neurodiverse staff within GDS. The GDS Disability Champion is a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

GDS staff can also access the Disability Confident tools and guidance:

  • Becoming disability confident online training.
  • Philip Rutnam’s regular blogs, as part of his role as Civil Service Disability Champion.
  • General Disability Confident guidance on how to attract, recruit and retain disabled employees.
  • The autism and neurodiversity toolkit for managers provides practical guidance on supporting people who have neurodiverse conditions into employment.

ABLE, the Cabinet Office Disability Network, works to remove barriers so that staff with disabilities, including those on the neurodivergent spectrum, have equal opportunities and are empowered to achieve.

Across government, the Civil Service Disability Network represents the voice of all disabled staff across government, supplemented by condition-specific sub-networks such as the Civil Service Dyslexia and Dyspraxia Network. The civil service networks contribute to cross-civil service diversity and inclusion activity through the Employee Voice Group (EVG). EVG is attended by Chairs of the cross-government diversity staff networks.

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