Dyslexia – Did you know?
June monthly abilities is Abilities – Did you know Dyslexia. Feel free to print the PDF (Portable Document Format) version and post it somewhere that your staff can read.
Persons with Dyslexia
- Approximately 15-20% of the population has dyslexia. In Canada that’s 5 million people.
- Dyslexia is the most common learning disability and individuals with this medical condition have difficulty in the areas of language processing.
- Dyslexia does not reflect an overall defect in language, but a localized weakness within the phonologic module of the brain (where sounds of language are put together to form words or break words down into sounds).
- People with dyslexia are usually more creative and have a higher level of intelligence.
- Dyslexia is not a disease so there is no cure. It’s a learning disability that includes difficulty in the use/processing of linguistic and symbolic codes, alphabetic letters representing speech sounds or number and quantities.
- Dyslexia may cause problems for people in the following areas;
- literacy – leading to problems with reading and writing
- numeracy – leading to problems with numbers
- short term memory – leading to problems with following instructions or carrying out tasks
- sequencing –leading to problems with organisation and time management.
What helps me in the workplace?
- I probably already have well developed coping strategies that enable me to do my job effectively.
- If there are major changes to my work duties, I may need to develop new strategies.
- If new technology is involved, give me some time to adapt.
- If I am in training your teaching techniques may not work for me. I may need more training or written procedures that I can refer to later.
- In a meeting, it can be difficult to listen, participate and take notes. Digital recorders are helpful.
- Staying organized can be difficult, but with new technology like Palm Pilots, BlackBerrys and electronic calendars I can greatly improve my organizational skills.
- Giving me instructions one at a time instead of multiple instructions is helpful. Providing them in writing (via email) helps me to refer back to them.
- Excessive noise or clutter can be distracting to me.
- Use a sans serif font and avoid the use of italics when possible. Justified text is very confusing.
- Keep sentences plain, simple and short.
- I’ve faced significant negativity throughout my life and thus a bit of positivity can help me to thrive.
One thing I want people to know:
“The most important thing you can do as an employer is to be understanding.
Dyslexia is not a choice I made; it is a reality that I have to deal with.” Anonymous