Some quick guides
For an introduction to dyslexia and the workplace, have a look at some of our leaflets. Those of particular interest may be:
Dyslexia at work - MacRoberts and Dyslexia Scotland leaflet
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:
Dyslexia Scotland’s leaflets on Applications and Interviews
Our Adult Network events
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 £10pa for individuals. Link here to join.
The Dyslexia Scotland Career Development Service is a small, volunteer service. For more information, click here
Research, reports and evidence
Opening Doors to Employment (upload PDF to website)
Exceptional Individuals dyslexic recruitment platform
Information for Partners
Dyslexia Scotland recognises that many adults with dyslexia are increasingly in need of support with employment issues. We also recognise that there is a wealth of excellent support and opportunity for those adults, from smaller localised projects to large enterprises. We believe that we can influence positive change across employers and support services by collaborating with the organisations who are passionate about enabling adults with dyslexia to fulfil their potential, and by championing best practice across Scotland.
Do you have a positive story about dyslexia and employment matters? Or are you interested in developing dyslexia friendly services and work places?
Get in touch and tell us more.
You can also help by contributing to our mapping survey. This exercise is highlighting what provision is available for adults with dyslexia, and importantly, what other support we need to develop.
The differences we hope our Employment Service will make to job seekers and employees with dyslexia are
Jobseekers are progressing along the employability pipeline
Job Seekers are optimistic for their future and feel more confident about their job prospects
Job seekers, employees and employers are expressing their individual and collective voice
For more information about our Employment Service, or to tell us more about what you do, get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org
For guidance on in-work dyslexia related issues, contact our Helpline Advisers
Scottish Trades Union Congress Dyslexia Guide
For more information on dyslexia in the workplace, check out the employers’ section.