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July 30 2018Read more
Someone who takes a long time to read documents and emails and responds with messages full of seemingly basic errors may have dyslexia.
It’s a difficulty with words—that’s what dyslexia means, being derived from the New Latin dys + lexia. These words themselves originate from the Ancient Greek δυσ + λέξις—an ironically complex origin for a disorder affecting the ability to process language.
Of course, rather than an essay on the meaning of the word, you’re probably hoping to learn about dyslexia symptoms, so you can better deal with dyslexia in the workplace.
For the most part, dyslexia in children is spotted and diagnosed early—they may have problems learning the fundamentals of the alphabet, or have delayed speech development. Dyslexia in adults, when undiagnosed, can be a little harder to spot. But if someone on your staff is showing some or all of the following, they may be suffering with dyslexia:
Without going into too much detail—yes. There are several different types, such as phonological, surface, and double deficit dyslexia.
These are complicated and technical categories of a spectrum disorder—there is plenty of reading available on the subject.
Under the Equality Act 2010, a person has a disability if they have a mental or physical impairment that has a substantial and long-term effect on their ability to carry out daily activities.
Dyslexia is a life-long condition, and the symptoms outlined above have a definite negative impact—it’s therefore covered by the Act. This means that people with dyslexia are protected against discrimination in:
Managing a dyslexic employee isn’t as hard as you might think it is. There are plenty of small, reasonable adjustments that you can carry out in order to make their lives easier. And it’s a good idea to do so—dyslexic people often bring extra creativity and think in ways others might miss.
Here are a few simple ways to go about managing dyslexia in the workplace:
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