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Posted 20th September, 2012 by Alison Earey

There has often been a reluctance for students who are going on a work placement, and for employees in general, to tell their employer that they have dyslexia or dyspraxia.

Here are some good reasons to tell your employer that you have some kind of learning difference:

  • It opens up communication channels between you in an honest interaction
  • The fact that you have disclosed your difference will help there to be better understanding between all of the staff
  • It will enable you to access support – directly through your employer and via Access to Work
  • It will reduce your anxiety about ‘being found out’
For more information about Access to Work see: http://www.dwp.gov.uk/supplying-dwp/what-we-buy/access-to-work/

Bullet points adapted from: Supporting Dyslexia Adults in Higher Education and the Workplace (2012) Ed. Nicola Brunswick p.109

  • Melanie Knight

    The same applies to college. If you disclose your dyslexia or possible dyslexia, the college will be able to support you so that you can reach your potential.

    The support can include:
    * 1 to 1 dyslexia support
    * study centre support
    * exam concessions
    * access to equipment ( such as dictaphone , speaking dictionary, coloured overlays, voice recognition and mind mapping software

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