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


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 benefite these 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.



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.