Webinar explores dyslexia and its impact in the workplace

dyselxia-webinar-0414-blogOur monthly free-access lunchtime webinars, launched just three months ago, are growing in popularity. The last one on 21 March, led by top UK ergonomist John Ridd, attracted an audience of more than 230 – the biggest so far.

But we’re expecting even more for our next webinar today, Friday 25 April when experienced independent dyslexia consultant Janet Rumball will explore the subject of dyslexia and its impact on both the individual and the employer.

It’s estimated that around two million people – almost 7% of the UK workforce – are severely affected by dyslexia with many more displaying some dyslexic tendencies. So its importance to businesses cannot be underestimated.

Janet, a teacher accredited by PATOSS (the Professional Association for Teachers and Assessors of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties) will aim to give managers, HR and H&S professionals a greater understanding and awareness of dyslexia and provide a guide for the identification and support of dyslexia within the workplace.

Her talk, which will begin at 12.30pm and last for no longer than 30 minutes, including time for Q&As, will cover four key areas:

  • What is Dyslexia?  -  Its prevalence, cognitive profile, common strengths and weaknesses; the overlap of dyslexia with other specific learning difficulties.
  • Dyslexia and the Law - the challenges faced by employers; dyslexia as a disability under The Equality Act 2010; and issues associated with undisclosed dyslexia.
  • Impact of Dyslexia in the Workplace - a review of dyslexic difficulties, psychological issues, common causes of disputes and the positive skills associated with dyslexia.
  • How to Support Dyslexia in the Workplace – the assessment process, reasonable adjustments, promoting awareness, codes of best practice.

To register your interest in joining in this or any of our future webinars, which are usually held on the third Friday of every month, please click here. CPD certificates will be issued on request to all those taking part.

If you’ve missed any of our previous talks, you can catch up with them in the webinars section of our website, where you will also find a full list of future topics and dates.