Recruitment Questions: What adjustments can help in the workplace with dyslexia?

November 30, 2016

Many people with dyslexia are very intelligent, creative, have great ideas, and can see the bigger picture where others panic about details. But dyslexia does bring some difficulties for work. It is often expected of employees to write reports, communicate within the company or even customers via email or other written text, and be able to read quickly and correctly understand information from only glancing at a text. This can be hard.

What may help, is to have a workplace assessment to identify which parts of the job role are more difficult for you and think about strategies to help you with those.

Make sure you have a positive work environment – and that means right for you! Find out what works best for you: Natural light or away from the window? Silence or a little bit of background noise? A clear desk or decorations?

Organise your workplace

Talk to your manager about getting extended deadlines compared to your colleagues or ask to get texts that need to be read a bit earlier, to give you time to work through them. Using highlighters makes it easier to have a quick overview of any text you are reading. Listen to audio books, podcasts and the radio news if newspapers and magazines are leading to more stress than joy.

Other people suggest using a list of frequently misspelled words to help you remember them. And to use spell checking software, or auto-correction functions, to their full extent. Word-to-text software can be a great help, but you will need to make sure your talking doesn’t disturb other people in the same room. And using a Dictaphone to take notes and typing them up later is a strategy that can help to reduce time pressure.

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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