Dyslexic adult?

With resources, advice and support, we’re here to make sure dyslexia doesn’t hold you back.

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Getting started

If you’re an adult with dyslexia, or think you might need an assessment, we can provide further information on our Helpline number: 0344 800 8484 or email [email protected].

To get you started, take a look at our information sheets:

You can see all of our leaflets here. Click here to see a list of self-help books and resources compiled by one of our members. (The author has highlighted those that they found most useful in pale orange). They have also written a list of self-help podcasts and videos and a list of books which are personal stories about dyslexia.

Your local branch may also hold regular meetings, as well as other activities and events. See our Branch page for further details.  Please note, the main focus of our Branches is children, young people, parents and teachers, although some of their events may focus on adult dyslexia. Our Adult Network meetings focus only on adults with dyslexia.


Adult Networks

We currently have three Adult Network Groups:

All the upcoming meeting dates are posted on our Events page - see here for upcoming meetings. 

The Networks are support groups for people over 18 who have dyslexia. See here for a flyer about the Networks. The aims are:

  • share your ideas and experiences
  • discuss how you have overcome challenges
  • talk about issues in education and employment
  • learn from guest speakers

Click here to see a list of reasons for people coming to the meetings.

We are aware that some people might feel a little nervous about coming to an adult network meeting, so the first time you attend, you would be welcome to bring a friend or relative.  

Around 15 people attend most meetings, so you won't be lost in a huge crowd of people. Regular attenders are very supportive and enjoy sharing their experiences/strategies with new people. You're most welcome to come along and find out more.

If you enjoy your first meeting and would like to attend regularly, we do request that you become a member of Dyslexia Scotland. An individual membership is £20 per year or £10 for concessions. You can see more about the other benefits of membership here.

Get in touch with Helen Fleming for further details.

It was the first time people actually understood what I had gone through.
Gary, 23, West Lothian.



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 centre 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.

Our Career Development Service is a small service with volunteers who help dyslexic people with their career planning. For more information, click here.

Self-understanding quizzes to help you learn about your individual strengths and suitable career choices:


My Strengths

VIA Character Strengths

Research, reports and evidence about dyslexia and career paths:

Connecting the Dots

The Westminster Achievability Commission interactive report on Neurodiverity and recruitment: Opening Doors to Employment

Other resources

Exceptional Individuals is a dyslexic recruitment platform

Scottish Trade Union Guide to Dyslexia at Work gives information on dyslexia in the work place.

We also have careers information for young people aged 8-18 on Dyslexia Unwrapped



Farmers with dyslexia

The National Farmers Union for Scotland launched a campaign in September 2014 to highlight the challenges experienced by farmers with dyslexia. Click here for more details.

This video produced by Border Life shows a farming family talking about how dyslexia has affected their lives.


Interview between Sir Jackie Stewart and Real A

Real A, a dyslexic rapper, had a once in a lifetime opportunity to interview the legendary Scottish three-time world Formula One racing driver, Sir Jackie Stewart, President of Dyslexia Scotland, and ask him about his own personal struggles with dyslexia.

Watch the interview at the following link:



We have a register of self-employed dyslexia-specialist tutors who work with adults.  These tutors can help with study skills and literacy.  

Find out more here.