November 29, 2016
While this is a question that many companies may ask, dyslexia is not simply a learning difficulty. It is much more than that and the working world is opening up to the advantages that people with an unique style of thinking can bring to a company. We loved this blog post explaining why every boardroom should hire a dyslexic and have collected some information around dyslexia in the workplace and why it can be a valuable asset.
The modern world expects a lot from businesses that want to become or stay successful. They have to be right at the front of innovation, bring out new ideas, find new ways to solve old and new problems, develop new working strategies, new funding possibilities, new products, new partners, new everything! And being creative is rather hard when you are under pressure.
But people with dyslexia can help just there. Researchers, teachers, parents and most people with dyslexia know that they think differently. Children, young people and adults that have dyslexia are clever, creative and enthusiastic thinkers. Most of them are in fact so clever, that they would be in the top ten percent out of all people in the population!
In arts courses, creative study subjects and innovative workplaces they shine – and make up a large proportion of the people who work in arts and creative industries! Big names such as Albert Einstein, Leonardo Da Vinci and Steve Jobs were all dyslexic.
Now, this does not mean that people who don’t have dyslexia can’t be creative. But people who have dyslexia find it harder to succeed in the common workplaces and instead look for niches where they can expand their talents. Many find, that their unusual way of thinking, solving problems and coming up with new ideas are in fact, very much valued, especially in new and upcoming industries.
And researchers have found that people with dyslexia just really do think differently: What they lack in verbal-semantic memory and in spelling and reading skills, they make up for in visual and audio memory, visual-spatial and pictorial memory. That means they are better at remembering things they saw or heard, especially when they have to do with dimensions in space and pictures. They also tend to score higher in tests of original thinking, which means they are good at developing new ideas and finding new solutions.
So really, being dyslexic can help you to find completely original and new ways to solve problems that your company may face, develop new products, design creative images, find ways to work around difficulties with spelling or in the workplace or in life in general. That is extremely valuable to a company, and it’s something you can tell them if they are having doubts about employing someone with dyslexia.
Dyslexia does not mean you can’t work in writing-heavy jobs. It just means you need to make a few adjustments to help you write and present things to the same standard that they are in your head. And to sell the advantages of creativeness and innovative thinking to your employer.
Bring out your brilliance!
The Dyscovery Centre offers workplace assessments and support to adjust your workplace to your needs. We can also offer support and counselling if you are looking for work, want to develop your skills or need general advice on how a learning difficulty can affect your working life.
This is an ongoing series of how developmental difficulties can affect working life and how to tackle them. Look out for the next article!
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