Jobseeker or employee

Whether you’re applying for a new job, 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

Interviews

Employee Guide

Employers Guide

Dyslexia and ICT

Dyslexia at work 

You can see all of our publications here

 

Why bring it up?

You don’t have to tell your employer about your dyslexia, either on your job application or when you begin work.

Often though, this can hold you back. Your employer is required to support you by putting reasonable adjustments in place, and can apply for funding to help you adjust.

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, showing how you’ve handled it in the past, and your potential employer will get a good impression of your ability.

 

Know your rights

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.

 

Careers

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 are a great way to connect with others and share experiences.

Our resource library 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 £10 per year for individuals. Link here to join.

 

Self-understanding quizzes to help figure out your strengths

Buzz

My Strengths

 

A Dyslexic Recruitment Project

Exceptional Individuals

 

Research and Reports

Opening Doors to Employment

Connecting the Dots

WAC Neurodiversity report: Opening Doors to Employment

 

Information for Career Development and Employability Professionals

We are often approached by Employability and Careers Advisers for information on supporting dyslexic individuals with career management processes.

The following links, downloads and opportunities may be of interest:

  • Our resource centre contains a range of useful guides, studies and texts relating to dyslexia and work and learning, and supporting individuals with career management. The resource library is accessible through our membership scheme; from £10per year for individuals and from £60 per year for organisations. Link here to join.

Our leaflets on Applications and Interviews for dyslexic individuals.

 

Online Networks

Connect with others with a professional interest in dyslexia through our Linkedin page.

Exceptional Individuals dyslexic recruitment platform.

 

Training and CPD

A free online module for Community Learning and Development practitioners is available here.

Group Dyslexia Awareness Training for organisations is available. Please contact sharon@dyslexiascotland.org.uk to discuss your needs.

 

Become a Volunteer Career Mentor with Dyslexia Scotland 

We are recruiting Life Coaches, Careers Advisers and Employability professionals with an interest in dyslexia to provide 2-4 hours per week volunteering with dyslexic individuals. Benefits for you as a professional:

  • Develop an appreciation of work with dyslexia in a careers guidance capacity

  • Broaden your network of professional contacts

  • Opportunity to practice careers guidance in a different context.

For more information, or to apply, contact helen@dyslexiascotland.org.uk

 

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. 
 
To download the Dyslexia Guide from the Scottish Union Learning click here.   

 

For more information on dyslexia in the workplace, check out the employers’ section