6 October 2023
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Dyslexia in the workplace: What employers need to know to support workers with dyslexia

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Dyslexia is a common learning difference that affects the way affected individuals process information, particularly in relation to reading, writing and spelling, but also numeracy. The British Dyslexia Association estimates that up to10% of the UK population has dyslexia. It's essential, therefore, that employers are aware of the challenges faced by workers with dyslexia and take appropriate steps to support them. 

This article aims to explore some ways in which employers can create an inclusive and supportive work environment for workers with dyslexia, while also ensuring compliance with relevant employment legislation.

Dyslexia as a disability:

Where dyslexia has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on an individual's ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities, it will be deemed to be a disability under the Equality Act. As a result, workers with dyslexia may have protection from being discriminated against in the workplace. 

The Equality Act also imposes positive duties on employers to make reasonable adjustments to working practices, to alleviate some of the disadvantages faced by disabled workers, and that positive duty may apply equally to workers with dyslexia. It is critically important that employers understand the effects of dyslexia and its impact on a worker in order to ensure compliance with these duties.

Reasonable Adjustments:
Creating an inclusive workplace:

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