There are a large number of working people who have Dyslexia and have not been diagnosed. This can cause problems for them, not only inside the workplace but also in their personal lives. The problems they may encounter are understanding written and verbal instructions, reading Health & Safety notices, reading stories to their children, understanding cooking instructions and dealing with their finances.
Research has shown that between four and ten percent of the population is dyslexic, which means that 2.9 million workers could be affected. There are differing degrees of Dyslexia and not all of these are severe or obvious. The first diagnosis of Dyslexia was mentioned in a publication in 1896 by W Pringle Morgan. The term itself is derived from “Dys” meaning poor or inadequate and “Lexia” meaning words or language. There are thirty seven basic symptoms of Dyslexia and some of these include, short term memory, information processing difficulties, being clumsy and uncoordinated and timekeeping. You can find the rest at dyslexia.com. These symptoms can increase if the person is put under pressure or is suffering from stress.
If a person who has been suffering from Dyslexia since childhood has not been diagnosed, they could have built up coping mechanisms and also have learnt to hide the symptoms from others. You may also find that the person may have a lot of mixed emotions including anger, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and low confidence. They may also be embarrassed about having Dyslexia. The culture we are in currently is that people will openly say that they can’t do maths like it is a badge of honour, but only a few will openly admit they have a problem with reading and writing. Another difference is most non-dyslexics make a written plan then work towards their idea. However, Dyslexics work in reverse, they picture the idea and then work out a plan to reach that idea.
Dyslexia is the most well-known condition in its “family” the other conditions are;
- Dyspraxia– this affects balance and speech
- Dyscalculia– difficulty with numbers
- Dysgraphia– difficulty writing
- Scotopic– Visual discomfort
It’s a known fact that the majority of people with diagnosed dyslexia are of normal or high intelligence and lots of dyslexics have high IQs. This is shown by the amount of highly successful businesses founded and run by dyslexic people, you can find out some of these at
There are no barriers to who is dyslexic and it can affect almost anyone, although it can affect English language speakers more than others, due to the complexity of the language.
What’s the next step to help support Dyslexia?
What good would screening do?
A screening test is designed to provide an indication of the likelihood of an individual being identified as dyslexic. This psychometric test is part verbal, part computer based, and user friendly. Dyslexia screening could benefit you or one of your colleagues if perhaps you feel there may be a need for an appraisal of the difficulties an employee is encountering at work, along with recommendations to support them. Remember, our help is one to one and a screening session is private and personal with URTU, and you will get a free print out of the results.
Dyslexia is still known as the hidden disability, let’s get it noticed!
Chanel 4’s Embarrassing bodies, has come up with MindChecker which can help diagnoise dyslexia
Adult Dyslexia Training also has an online assessment, this takes around 20 to 30 minutes to complete and will give you an indication, you can purchase the full report for £5 once you have completed the assessment.