A Police employee who has been nationally recognised for her work to prove disability is no barrier to a life in the force, has been nominated for a top award.
Alex Bennett, a complaints officer in West Yorkshire Police’s Professional Standards Department, has been nominated for a Positive Role Model Award at this year’s National Diversity Awards, to be held later this year.
The complaints officer, who herself manages the conditions of Dyspraxia and Dyscalculia, was cited nationally by the charity SCOPE as a positive role model for an article she wrote to demonstrate that disability should not stop people seeking employment and that people are #stillable
If shortlisted for the finals, she will attend the National Diversity Awards night in Liverpool this September and can be voted for at https://nominate.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/Nominate
The officer, who is the Dyspraxia and Dyscalculia contact of the West Yorkshire Police Disability Association (WYPDA), said she was honoured to have been nominated.
“I’m really pleased to have been nominated and to have a chance to represent the great work the WYPDA do,” she said. “What we do is about getting people to reach a level within themselves of acceptance of the conditions they have, which may limit some of things that they can do. However, with the right support and guidance the talents and horizons are endless.”
Alex said she was diagnosed with Dyspraxia and Dyscalculia in 2014 at the age of 31, and decided to research both conditions in depth to gain an overall understanding of the disability which affects 10 per cent of the population.
She said organisations traditionally struggle to support staff with the condition, which is a learning and reading disorder.
Through research however, she realised that she could develop coping strategies and learn to manage them.
As a result of her own experience, she decided to join the West Yorkshire Police Disability Association where she did a coaching and mentoring course as well as a building confidence course with Unison.