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Dyslexia in the Workplace: A Comprehensive Guide for Employers

June 3, 2024 Keir Williams Comments Off

Dyslexia impacts millions globally. Assessing dyslexia involves two pivotal stages: a diagnostic assessment and a workplace needs assessment. These assessments are instrumental in empowering dyslexic individuals within the workplace, ensuring they receive the vital support and resources needed for success. This article delves into the intricacies of dyslexia assessment, elucidating what employers should anticipate during these crucial stages.

Diagnostic Assessment

Purpose and Process

The diagnostic assessment marks the initial stage in evaluating dyslexia. Its purpose is to pinpoint an individual’s strengths and weaknesses across areas like literacy, memory, phonology, verbal fluency, and organizational skills. It is advisable to arrange a diagnostic assessment through dyslexia organisations such as Dyslexia UK

Components of Assessment

A comprehensive diagnostic assessment includes a review of educational and occupational history, an evaluation of cognitive abilities, an assessment of literacy and phonological skills, consideration of emotional aspects related to dyslexic challenges, screening for associated difficulties (e.g., dyspraxia, visual stress), and general recommendations for further assessment, assistance, and support.

Workplace Needs Assessment

Identifying Specific Support

The workplace needs assessment constitutes the second stage, focusing on identifying the individualized support required within a specific job role. Two approaches exist for arranging this assessment, each with distinct advantages and disadvantages.

Access to Work Scheme

  • Advantages: Access to Work covers assessment costs.
  • Disadvantages: Assessment may not be by a dyslexia specialist, lacks specified skills training, and may not provide advice on reasonable adjustments.

Private Dyslexia Organisation

  • Advantages: Conducted by dyslexia experts, detailed skills training program, advice on reasonable adjustments.
  • Disadvantages: Individual or employer funding required.

Workplace Needs Assessment Report

Inclusions and Recommendations

The assessment report should encompass recommendations for a comprehensive workplace skills training program, covering literacy aspects pertinent to the employee’s duties (e.g., research skills, report writing, technical manual reading). Initial training should ideally span around 30 hours over three months, with a recommended trainer provided.

IT Recommendations

The report should offer IT recommendations, outlining the training approach spread over short sessions, delivered by a dyslexia-knowledgeable trainer. Detailed advice on reasonable adjustments, such as a quiet workspace, additional task time, and leave for training, should also be incorporated.

Navigating dyslexia in the workplace requires a collaborative effort. Recognising and addressing dyslexic challenges through thorough assessments and tailored support can pave the way for a more inclusive and productive work environment.

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