Dyslexia is a Specific Learning Difference (SpLD) that primarily affects the way people process, store and retrieve information and is recognised as a disability under the Equalities Act 2010.
The Equalities Act places a duty of care on the employer to ‘make reasonable adjustments’ to a working environment so as not to disadvantage a person with a disability. It is estimated that approximately 10% of the population are dyslexic, which translates to around 2.5 million people of working age, many of whom are undiagnosed.
Dyslexia is often thought of in simplistic terms as having difficulty in reading and writing, however, dyslexia is more than this, and involves a weakness in short term memory, information processing, perceptual, partial and motor skills; which can manifest in difficulties recalling information, personal organisation and timekeeping.
It’s not all bad news as many people who are dyslexic have strengths in other areas, such as: creativity, lateral thinking, problem solving or visual and spatial thinking.
Our experienced assessors are trained to provide assessments using Dyslexia Adult Screening Test (DAST), this system provides a profile of the strengths and weaknesses, which is used to guide the intervention training strategies and support for the individual; additionally we use the Detailed Assessment of Speed of Handwriting (DASH 17+) to identify individuals with slow handwriting and may assist in providing evidence for extra support, such as Access Arrangements in examinations.
We also provide help, support and training for individuals with a new diagnosis, suggest adjustments to their work routines and equipment that may assist them in the workplace; as well as support and awareness training for those working closely with dyslexic individuals.
If you have an employee that may be dyslexic, we can help you to help them to be more productive and enjoy their working life. Contact us today to arrange an appointment.