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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