People with dyslexia often have problems with reading and spelling. However, some adults with dyslexia are fluent readers but their dyslexia may show in their writing, short-term memory, organisational skills, maths abilities and the speed and way that they process information. All of these may impact on performance at work and the effect of dyslexia can worsen when an individual is experiencing stress.
- Approximately 10% of the general population is affected by dyslexia to varying degrees, and this will include a significant number of your staff, colleagues, customers and trainees.
- Some people with dyslexia have strengths in particular areas such as creativity; awareness of these strengths may benefit your organisation.
- Dyslexia may prevent staff from gaining qualifications, accessing training or applying for promotions.
- Making your organisation dyslexia friendly could reduce stress, staff turnover and sick leave.
- Adjustments made for staff with dyslexia can improve motivation, loyalty and efficiency.
- Your organisation should be able to demonstrate that it is making reasonable adjustments to meet the requirements of The Equality Act 2010. This disability legislation ensures that employees with a disability are able to perform effectively in the workplace. You’re disabled under the Equality Act 2010 if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities.
- By making your services dyslexia-friendly, you can benefit staff and customers.
Did you know?
Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty. Learn about what it is and how it’s recognised in the law.