A number of colleagues are Dyslexic and this creates no excuse for written errors (we invest in Grammarly etc) but more understanding should always be generated.
Why Media recognises that Dyslexia is a challenge (that can be overcome) within the meaning of the Equality Act 2010. As such we are obliged to make “reasonable adjustments” to help individuals who have dyslexia overcome any disadvantages caused by the condition. Why Media do this with added investment and support.
Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein, Whoopi Goldberg, Walt Disney, Sir Richard Branson, Jim Carrey, J.F.K. George Washington and Sally Gardener are all dyslexic (source).
You are not obliged to disclose dyslexia, especially if you feel it won't affect your ability to do the job. It is a personal choice. The equal opportunities section of application forms usually asks about 'a long-term condition that affects you on a day-to-day basis’.
Examples of ways that we can do things differently to help with your dyslexia.
- Give verbal as well as written instructions (this also applies to using voicemail rather than, or as well as, written memos)
- Consider assistive technology such as a screen-reader, scanning pen, text to speech or mind-mapping software
- Provide all hard copy resources on coloured paper (find out which colour helps the person to read best)
- Highlight key points in documents
- Allow plenty of time to read and complete the task
- Use different formats to convey information e.g. audio or videotape, drawings, diagrams and flowcharts
- Use a digital recorder to record meetings, training etc so the employee doesn't have to rely on memory or written notes
- Don't ask your dyslexic employee to minute a meeting
- Change the background colour of the screen to suit individual preference
- Supply anti-glare screen filter
- Allow frequent breaks, at least every hour
- Alternate computer work with other tasks, where possible
- Communicate instructions slowly and clearly and minimise distractions, and check to understand
- Support important communications by supplying the information in more than one format e.g. verbally and using hard copy resources
- Encourage note-taking
- Offer the use of a digital recorder to record important instructions
- Back up multiple instructions in writing or with diagrams
- Reduce distractions for focused tasks (sit away from doors, noisy machinery etc)
- Allocate a private workspace if possible
- Where feasible allow an employee to work from home occasionally
- Provide a quiet working environment for a dyslexic employee by allocating libraries, file rooms, private offices and other enclosed areas when others are not using them
- Calendars, planners and alerts are standard on most computers and phones. Some people also find physical calendars and wall planners useful
- Use mnemonic devices and acronyms
- Supply a talking calculator if there are numerical difficulties
- Ensure that work areas are organised, neat and tidy
- Ensure the team returns important items to the same place each time
- Ensure work areas are well lit