Dyslexia in the workplace

September 4, 2016 - Daniel Aherne

Dyslexia in the workplace

It is estimated that 10% of the population have a diagnosis of dyslexia. That’s nearly 6.4 million people in the UK and 640 million people worldwide – twice the population of America. Dyslexia is often referred to as a hidden disability: you can’t see it in the same way you can see if someone is a wheelchair user.

People with dyslexia can be extremely imaginative, creative and talented employees. They are often very good with people, excellent problems solvers and can often link ideas together and ‘see’ in 3D. These skills can flourish in the entrepreneurial, creative and practical industries, such as graphic design and physiotherapy. Most people know that dyslexia affects reading and writing but there are other aspects to the condition. For example, employees with dyslexia may struggle with their short-term memory, which can make organisational tasks such as remembering instructions and appointments or managing their inbox more challenging. Employers and line managers can find it difficult to get the best out of an employee with dyslexia if they don’t fully understand the condition.

Under the Equality Act 2010, employers are obliged to make reasonable adjustments for employees with dyslexia. These could range from providing computer screen overlays for employees struggling with visual distress to holding a training session on dyslexia, or perhaps funding a weekly coaching from a dyslexia expert. How can you ensure your business is meeting its requirements under the Equality Act?

Contact Adjust to find to out how we can help your business implement reasonable adjustments and become an inclusive workplace for employees with dyslexia, increasing your business’s productivity.

The first step is understanding.

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