Some quick guides on dyslexia at work
For an introduction to dyslexia and the workplace, have a look at some of our leaflets. Those of particular interest may be:
You can see all of our publications here.
Why bring it up?
You don’t have to tell your employer about your dyslexia, either on your job application or when you begin work.
Often though, this can hold you back. Your employer is required to support you by putting reasonable adjustments in place, and can apply for funding to help you adjust.
Mentioning dyslexia in your application, or at interview, is also a good way to show your positive attitude. Back it up by talking about your strengths, showing how you’ve handled it in the past, and your potential employer will get a good impression of your ability.
Know your rights
Legally, dyslexia is a disability.
Under the Equalities Act it is unlawful for an employer to treat you less favourably because of your dyslexia.
If you feel you have been discriminated against, you can take action. It’s best to try and resolve any dispute within your organisation first, but if that doesn’t work you can take your case to an Employment Tribunal.
Throughout your working life you may notice dyslexia having both negative and positive impacts as you navigate the world of work and make sense of how your strengths and challenges shape your career choices.
The following links, downloads and opportunities may be of interest in helping you with your career planning and development:
Our Adult Network events are a great way to connect with others and share experiences.
Our resource library contains a range of useful guides, studies and texts relating to dyslexia and work and learning. The resource library is accessible through our membership scheme; from £10 per year for individuals. Link here to join.
The Dyslexia Scotland Career Development Service is a small, volunteer service. For more information click here.
Self-understanding quizzes to help figure out your strengths
A Dyslexic Recruitment Project
Research and Reports
Information for Career Development and Employability Professionals
We are often approached by Employability and Careers Advisers for information on supporting dyslexic individuals with career management processes.
The following links, downloads and opportunities may be of interest:
- Our resource centre contains a range of useful guides, studies and texts relating to dyslexia and work and learning, and supporting individuals with career management. The resource library is accessible through our membership scheme; from £10per year for individuals and from £60 per year for organisations. Link here to join.
Our leaflets on Applications and Interviews for dyslexic individuals.
Connect with others with a professional interest in dyslexia through our Linkedin page.
Exceptional Individuals dyslexic recruitment platform.
Training and CPD
A free online module for community learning and development practitioners, employability and career professionals on dyslexia awareness will be available soon. Information will be posted on our news page soon.
Group Dyslexia Awareness Training for organisations is available. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your needs.
Become a Volunteer Career Mentor with Dyslexia Scotland
We are recruiting Life Coaches, Careers Advisers and Employability professionals with an interest in dyslexia to provide 2-4 hours per week volunteering with dyslexic individuals. Benefits for you as a professional:
Develop an appreciation of work with dyslexia in a careers guidance capacity
Broaden your network of professional contacts
Opportunity to practice careers guidance in a different context.
For more information, or to apply, contact email@example.com
Scottish Trades Union Congress Dyslexia Guide