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Five quick and easy ways to support colleagues with dyslexia

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Someone who is struggling to meet targets or who is experiencing high levels of stress may haveSupporting paper cut outs an undiagnosed specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia.

As dyslexia is a ‘hidden disability’, it’s not always obvious to others. This can lead to untold stress in the workplace for people affected by the condition. With the right tools and support, organisations can bring out the best in their employees.

Here are five quick and easy ways to help colleagues with dyslexia in your organisation;

1. Educate
It is important for all employees to know what dyslexia is and how it impacts colleagues.

2. Verbal or written instructions?
Some people may prefer verbal instructions and others may prefer instructions given in writing. Either way, it is important to focus on the objectives of the tasks and remove any other information that is not relevant. The clearer the message, the easier it will be for them to understand.

3. Developing time management and organisational skills
Good time management is a great skill. It is particularly important for people with dyslexia as it helps them manage their days more effectively. By breaking the day into blocks, employees cancall centre staff focus on one task at a time, complete that task and then move on to the next.

4. Location, location, location
For someone who is dyslexic, sitting in a busy area where there can be a high flow of traffic, can be extremely challenging.

To help a colleague with dyslexia, try to find an area of the office where there is the least amount of disturbances or distractions.

5. Assistive technology (AT)

BATA* carried out a survey in 2013 which found that three quarters of employees using AT, like Read&Write Gold say it has improved their effectiveness at work.

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We’d love to hear your hints and tips on supporting your colleagues with dyslexia.

*British Assistive Technology Association

National Inclusion Week 2013

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It’s National Inclusion Week this week from 7th until 10th! In support of this, our CEO, and BATA Chairman, Mark McCusker will be holding a Twitter Q&A session on Thursday 10th October at 2pm.

The Q&A session will be on the importance of inclusion in the workplace, what employers can do if their employees have dyslexia or literacy difficulties or even don’t use English as their first language.

We are proud to be supporting National Inclusion Week as one of the aims of our software is to help create an equal and inclusive working environment. Mark comments on supporting National Inclusion Week, “Texthelp is proud to be taking part in National Inclusion Week as our aim has always been to provide inclusive support in the workplace for those that have dyslexia or reading and writing difficulties. We work with organisations such as Transport for London and the Fire Brigades Union to help staff improve their performance, as well as to promote equality and inclusion with the most comprehensive, cutting-edge technology available.”

To pose a question to Mark during the Q&A session use the hashtag #NIW13 or tweet @NationalIncWeek.