Dyslexia at Work

Whether you’re applying for a new job, deciding whether to tell your boss you're dyslexic or want to raise awareness about dyslexia at work, we can help.

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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:

Application Forms

Interviews

Employee Guide

Employers Guide

Dyslexia and ICT

Dyslexia at work 

All of our other leaflets.

 

Should I tell my boss I'm dyslexic?

You don’t have to tell your employer about your dyslexia, either on your job application or when you begin work. It's a personal choice.

There are advantages to telling your manager you're dyslexic. Here are a few reasons to consider: 

Your employer is required to support you by putting reasonable adjustments in place, and can apply for funding from Access to Work to help 

You can request reasonable adjustments to the application and job interview processs - to help you express yourself in the best way possible.

Level 2 Disability Confident employers are open to accepting application forms in a variety of formats, so organisations in this scheme could be more flexible in their application process.

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 and the benefit thse bring to the company.

What if my employer treats me unfairly because I'm dyslexic?

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.

Speak with our Helpline about steps you can take

Careers and dyslexia

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 could help you with your career planning and development:

Dyslexia Scotland’s leaflets on Applications and Interviews.

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.

 

Self-understanding quizzes to help figure out your strengths

Buzz

My Strengths

 

A Dyslexic Recruitment Project

Exceptional Individuals

 

Research and Reports

Opening Doors to Employment

Connecting the Dots

WAC Neurodiversity report: Opening Doors to Employment

 

Information for Career Advisers and Employability Workers

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 Udemy course on supporting dyslexic people with job applications

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.

 

Online Networks

Connect with others with a professional interest in dyslexia through our Linkedin page.

Exceptional Individuals dyslexic recruitment platform.

 

Training and CPD

Do our free online Community Learning and Development and dyslexia CPD module 

Group Dyslexia Awareness Training for organisations is available. Please contact [email protected] to discuss your needs.

 

Become a Volunteer Career Mentor with Dyslexia Scotland 

From time to time we recruit 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 protected]

 

Scottish Trades Union Congress Dyslexia Guide

This Dyslexia guide has been developed to help Union Learning Representatives  support and signpost people in the workplace who may have dyslexia, and to encourage them to contact relevant organisations that can provide the expertise required. 
 
 

 

For more information on dyslexia in the workplace, check out the employers’ section