- Ensure dyslexic employees know they will not be penalised in any way because of their dyslexia.
- Talk to dyslexic employees to find out what they find challenging and what you could do to help.
- Provide information about dyslexia to everyone in your team.
- It may be useful, if possible, to link up the dyslexic employee with a buddy in the workplace.
- The way you give instructions can be important:
- Consider giving instructions in two ways, such as written and oral.
- Consider encouraging that instructions be written down.
- Use charts and diagrams as much as possible when explaining things.
- Encourage the use of a large number of technological aids available.
What is dyslexia?
- Dyslexia is a lifelong learning difference when it comes to reading, writing and spelling. Having dyslexia is not an indication of low intellect.
- People with dyslexia may also have challenges with short-term memory, time management and verbal and cognitive processing speed.
- Your employee may let you know that they have dyslexia, but many people with dyslexia will not have been diagnosed and therefore will not be aware of their condition
- Dyslexia is a common learning difference. It is a difference – not a disability!
Dyslexia is often misused as a way to describe a range of other learning differences or literacy issues. Ask your employee if they have been properly diagnosed.
There can be a number of positive features associated with dyslexia, including:
- Strong visual, spatial and three-dimensional skills
- Innovative “left field” thinking
- Good empathy and cooperation skills – producing great team players.
Find out more about Dyslexia
Content on this page is provided courtesy of the Ako Aotearoa Best practice guide for employers of staff who have dyslexia.