AN Appleton man with dyspraxia has highlighted findings that reveal adults with the neurological condition are not receiving the 'understanding and support' they need to perform tasks at work.

Jonathan Levy, 25, has pointed to a nationwide poll commissioned by the Dyspraxia Foundation – it reported that although 64 per cent of adults voluntarily disclosed their diagnosis to employers, only 33 per cent received specific advice or support.

As a result, Mr Levy, who serves as a trustee of the foundation, believes employees with the condition are at risk of 'underperformance or losing their job'.

The foundation focused on 'dyspraxia in the workplace' for this year's Dyspraxia Awareness Week, which ran from October 9 to 15.

The week also saw the launch of a new information pack for employers and employees.

Mr Levy said poor awareness and understanding of dyspraxia are to blame for the lack of support.

Dyspraxia, also known as developmental co-ordination disorder, affects motor co-ordination, organisation, planning and time management in children and adults.

Around three per cent of the adult population are affected, but Mr Levy feels poor awareness and limited support has left many adults with dyspraxia facing discrimination or difficulties in the workplace.

The survey found that the 68 per cent of employees, who chose not to disclose their diagnosis, did so because they were concerned they would be discriminated against.

For some, the decision not to disclose was made because they had experienced 'discrimination or workplace bullying' previously.

The nationwide survey questioned 339 adults with dyspraxia aged 18 or over.

A total of 221 were in paid employment, 66 unemployed, 28 volunteers and 13 retired.

Despite his concerns, Mr Levy admits he was encouraged the survey revealed 66 per cent of those who had received advice or support for their role found it to be useful.