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Category: Hidden Disabilities
He explained, “It's taken me some time to properly "own" my dyslexia.” That’s because it caused shame and embarrassment for most of his life. Concealing his condition encouraged others to think he was lazy and disorganised. In fact, he just couldn’t get his ideas onto paper.
How to manage dyslexia in the workplace
He explained that provision for dyslexic people in everyday life is not available across the board yet. The more people are open about living with these experiences, the more people will understand a simple change in working processes can make all the difference, he believes.
The workplace is already changing. By law, employers need to make reasonable adjustments to help an individual gain the most of their strengths and minimise the challenges that they might experience. An employee does not need to have a diagnostic assessment to receive reasonable adjustments. Learn more about jobs with disability aware employers here.
How does dyslexia affect the way people work
In practice that means you can ask or expect an employer to:
It's important to be aware that people with dyslexia will not all have the same areas of strength and weakness. Adjustments are often about evolving the way we collaborate together. For example, Simon struggles with written materials and tasks. This means that adjustments for him could include different ways of delivering information, and allowing plenty of time to work on materials.
Support for dyslexic employees
Other examples of support could include:
Good jobs if you have dyslexia
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