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Misreading Dyslexia In The Workplace

Common misconceptions and how they affect the workplace


What's going on?

There are many common misconceptions about dyslexia such as it being a vision problem that can be easily fixed by reading more or it hardly affects anyone. Other misconceptions are that dyslexia stops an individual from being intelligent, a child can outgrow dyslexia, or it’s a result of low-income living conditions. The fact of the matter is that dyslexia is a neurological condition that affects the areas of the brain used to process language. Dyslexia affects up to 700 million people, which is 10% of the world’s population and the difficulties that dyslexic individuals face in society are hardly discussed or understood in workplaces.


Dyslexia often involves difficulty reading and relating speech sounds to words and letters. However, people with dyslexia are not limited in intelligence or vision – they simply process information differently. With proper literacy training and specialized educational programs, they can fully participate and succeed in any workforce. However, public perception of this condition can inhibit dyslexic individuals from applying or succeeding in the marketplace. A 2018 survey among millions of neurodivergent employees in the United Kingdom found that 43% felt discouraged from applying because of their condition, and 52% experienced discrimination during the interview process.


The UK has worked to address this issue by correctly classifying dyslexia as a disability. As a result, this gives dyslexic workers access to training, organizational coaching, on-job assistance, and recently, assistive-technology tablets. With the UK now on board with providing better opportunities for dyslexic individuals, other countries are beginning to see the need for better inclusivity, as there are still no laws for workplace dyslexia in Europe.