What is dyslexia?

Ten per cent of the population is believed to be dyslexic. Dyslexia affects information processing: dyslexic people may have difficulty processing and remembering information they see and hear. This can affect learning and the acquisition of literacy skills. It can also have an impact on memory and organisational skills.

Everyone's experience of dyslexia is unique to them. It can range from mild to severe, and it is no indication of intelligence.

There are great positives to thinking differently and dyslexic people can show great strengths in areas such as reasoning, problem-solving and in visual and creative fields. These are all valuable assets in the workplace.

If a member of staff is experiencing difficulties due to dyslexia, then it may only require a bit of thought and a few changes to the way of working in order to overcome those difficulties. There are organisations that can help to make your workplace more 'dyslexia-friendly'.

BBC3: Things not to say to someone with dyslexia
This video debunks some common dyslexia myths.

  • More information

    The British Dyslexia AssociationUK national organisation that offers a wide range of information and advice for parents, teachers, employers and dyslexic individuals. It also has a phone and email Helpline.

    Helen ArkellHelen Arkell offer dyslexia support and advice to anyone who may need it, whether they think they have dyslexia or care for someone who may have dyslexia.

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