We discussed some of the misconceptions surrounding Dyslexia and why some of these misconceptions were formed (laziness is the most common misconception surrounding Dyslexia). Non-disclosure of Dyslexia is key here as adjustments can’t be made if there doesn’t seem to be a need for them, but we also found that it could take years to actually find out if you are Dyslexic.
There are three areas that researchers believe effect Dyslexic people. They are often referred to as “deficits”. These “deficits” are:
- Short Term Memory – The bit of our memory that holds information while we decide whether it is to be stored or discarded.
- Phonological awareness – The awareness of sounds that make up words.
- Automaticity – The ability to do things automatically.
However the “Symptoms” of Dyslexia do vary from person to person.
We then went on to talk about reasonable adjustments and what you can do to make it easier for somebody with a text barrier to get past them, by working with an individual and making adjustments based on their needs, something as simple as using the font Ariel in size 11 or 12 can make a huge difference. Technology has been developed that allows you to speak to the computer rather than having to write out a document. Even just using a coloured overlay on documents can make the script easier to read. If you have been working for 6 weeks with your company and feel that technology would help you perform better in your job, Access to Work could cover up to 100% of the costs for equipment.
Benjamin Zephaniah said “I send you this message from China. It is said that Chinese is the only language that you can’t be Dyslexic in because it is pictorial, and the marks on the page don’t simply represent sound. I am forever being asked how I managed to become a writer when I am so dyslexic, and I think each time I’m asked I give a different answer. What I want to say now is that it doesn’t matter how dyslexic you are, or even if you can speak Chinese, the languages we can all develop is the language of love, compassion, the language of solidarity and touch. Tune into the wave length that helps you tune into others, and everything will be alright. This is how we do it” – When we discussed this we came across a method that an attendee used to remember lists, so for example he needed; a teddy, a leather jacket, Milk and bread he would imagine a teddy bear in a leather jacket, drinking milk and eating a sandwich this would allow him to associate an image with his list.
The session was very interesting and informative. It was a fantastic chance to bring everybody together and see other people’s views and ask questions that otherwise would have gone unanswered. Wave-length would like to thank Nicola Brown, Eric Coolen and all the attendees of this session.
“It was a really useful and ‘lively’ discussion on dyslexia – I learnt a lot and made a number of useful contacts” – Kay Heald – Kay Heald HR
“Very useful. Lived experience of disability is always more powerful than hearing from generic trainers” – Ann Shaw
You can read about Dyslexia here: http://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk
Dyslexics are more likely to become millionaires! : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-198603/Dyslexia-route-riches.html
The Gift of Dyslexia: Why Some of the Brighest People Can’t Read and How They Can Learn : http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Gift-Dyslexia-Brighest-People/dp/0285638734/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1343052734&sr=8-1
For Guidance Notes on Dyslexia go to: http://www.wave-length.org.uk/guidance/dyslexia
The Dyslexic Dyslexia Consultant: http://www.theddc.org.uk
Dyslexia Information Day http://www.dyslexiainformationday.org.uk/index.php
You can watch a Video explaining Dyslexia Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPhV9SyVmwA