Your Needs assessments

A workplace needs assessment is carried out, at your workplace, by a qualified Needs Assessor with specialist knowledge of specific learning disabilities. 
The first step is to gather background information from both the individual and the employer to determine if a Workplace Needs Assessment is appropriate. 

We do this via an online questionnaire, both for you and your manager, we speak to you in person. 

Online Questionnaires

What you need to know

ABOUT NEEDS ASSESSMENTS

The assessment will be carried out in the workplace. Our specialist assessor will meet with both the employee and line manager to discuss the job role and any challenges it presents to the individual, assesses the working environment, the employee’s work tasks, equipment used and current coping mechanisms.  

1. What further support can I get?

We offer ongoing Workplace Strategy Job Coaching support for employees and managers to help develop and improve productivity, confidence and working practises.  

2. What is Assistive Technology Training? 

We offer training on specialist software designed for people with dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD and Autism and other condition. We always make sure our training is worked in with your strategy training, so it is as effective as possible.  

Report and Recommendations 

On completion of the workplace assessment, our assessor will compile a report of their findings and make recommendations for adjustments which can support the employee to improve their effectiveness and fulfil the demands of their job role. These may include equipment, software, one-to-one strategy training for the employee, and awareness training for colleagues and managers. Some of this support may be funded through Access to Work – we can offer advice on accessing funding. 

3. What will Disability Awareness 
Training for staff do? 

Training related to any form of disabilities will help people in your company understand how different conditions affect people and support them is managing and working with people who have invisible and visible disabilities. All our training is developed for your companies specific needs so it is relevant and useful for you.  

Creating Inclusivity

Does consultancy for employers and managers help a company? 

By bringing in a specialist company to advise on your specific industry, work and situation, a company can benefit from a professional, knowledgeable guideline that helps individuals feel confident and supported, the company can also demonstrate and turn to these reports should a situation arise that the management are not familiar with, thus ensuring an environment that is self-perpetuating inclusivity and continuous improvement.

This approach also helps ensure there is no unintentional discriminations happening in the company. 

What Next?

NEEDS ASSESSMENTS

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1. Complete application and history form.

Questionnaire - Employer Questionnaire - Employee

2. Speak to us about your application. 

Book your assessment date and pay

The online Questionnaire - introduction
The first step is to gather background information from both the individual and the employer to determine if a Workplace Needs Assessment is appropriate. 
We do this via an online questionnaire for both you and your manager. which includes eye-sight and check for medical conditions that may cause issues for the individual The assessments typically take about one to two hours and are followed up by a report that covers the recommendation specifically for your situation.

3. Attend your assessment.

Assessment Meeting – in-depth conversation with the client’s difficulties at work, from both the employee and their line manager 
IT Audit - Assessment of current technology use and whether assistive technology would be beneficial 
Past paperwork review – we consider any existing documents (such as a diagnostic assessment, screening tests and medical reports) 
Evaluation of current adjustments and working environment - review and assess reasonable adjustments and any barriers or benefits from the person’s workplace. 

Then, wait for the recommendations, this normally takes upto 3 weeks.

Your Questions Answered

We find that we are frequently asked some of the following questions and hope these help - we are always happy to talk or email and if you prefer you can contact us directly

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What Type of Support will a Needs Assess recommend?

The recommendations and support we suggest will is based on everything you tell us during the assessment and is usually a “package.”

  • Workplace Strategy Coaching
  • Disability Awareness Training
  • Employer/Employee Coaching
  • Assistive Technology Training
  • Hardware items such as computers, tablets, headphones, screens, for example
  • Work Environment Changes
What is Assistive Technology and Assistive Technology Training?

PDC offer training on specialist software designed for people with dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD and Autism and other condition. We always make sure our training is worked in with your strategy training to be as effective as possible.


Assistive technologies include, but are not limited to, the following:

Text to Speech
Reading Pens
Voice Recognition
Digital Recorders
iPads and Tablets
Electronic Spell Checkers
Word Prediction Software
Visual Search Engines
Literacy Specific Software
Educational Software
Electronic Resources and Books

There are many free and easy to use applications available now, it just takes a bit of time to find one that works for you.

What will Disability Awareness Training for staff do?

What will Disability Awareness Training for staff do?

Training related to any form of disability will help people in your company understand how different conditions affect people and support them in managing and working with people who have invisible and visible disabilities. All our training is developed for your companies' specific needs, so it is relevant and valuable for you.

Adults Screening Questionnaire
How does Employer/Employee Coaching work?

This service is extremely valuable to help develop and build strong and effective working relationships. 

Feedback has shown that this support style helps all parties feel confident and productive in their work and relationship with all other staff members.

Can someone with an SpLD get help at work? 

The support you get is based on your individual needs, but the following help is available:

Workplace job coaching,

Assistive Technology Programs and training

Personalised reasonable adjustments 

Additional support when talking to line managers and colleagues. 


Visit our workplace page for more information on job related situations.

Workplace and Access to Work page
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