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Dealing with Dyslexia in the Workplace, AbilityNet Webinar, 4 November 2014

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A video recording of this webinar is available on YouTube at www.youtube.com/abilitynet

Did you know:
- There are at least 6 million people with dyslexia in the UK
- It has a severe effect on as many as 4 million people
- As many as 10% of adults in the workforce have a Dyslexia

There are lots of different adjustments that someone with dyslexia can make to help them at work. This webinar will include practical tips based on our work with people in the workplace including solutions such as:
- text to speech
- speech to text
- audio notetakers
- coloured overlays
- keyboard settings
- keyboards with black keys with white letters
- mind mapping
- reminder systems

This is delivered In association with Hands Free Computing. It is NOT a technical webinar but will be of interest to HR Directors, IT managers, disability advisers and friends and families of anyone with Dyslexia interested in how to confidently and competently provide reasonable adjustments:

Employers have a legal obligation to provide effective reasonable adjustments for disabled people. This is not only the law, it is good practice to ensure that every employee is able to meet their full potential.

AbilityNet's specialist team provides hundreds of workplace assessments every month and our free resources explain how technology can remove barriers for people with all kinds of disabilities.

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Dealing with Dyslexia in the Workplace, AbilityNet Webinar, 4 November 2014

  1. 1. Dealing with Dyslexia in the workplace AbilityNet Webinar 4 November 2014 AbilityNet Accessibility Services www.abilitynet.org.uk/webinars
  2. 2. Welcome Pauline Beresford AbilityNet Robin Christopherson AbilityNet Mark Walker AbilityNet Sarah Kennedy Hands Free Computing AbilityNet Accessibility Services www.abilitynet.org.uk/webinars
  3. 3. Dealing with Dyslexia in the workplace What is the impact of Dyslexia in the workplace? What adjustments can help with Dyslexia? What help should you expect from your employer? How is mobile changing things? AbilityNet Accessibility Services www.abilitynet.org.uk/webinars 3
  4. 4. AbilityNet Adapting Technology. Changing Lives. Workplace Assessment Service Accessibility Services Free IT Support for Disabled People My Computer My Way Tech4Good Awards AbilityNet Accessibility Services www.abilitynet.org.uk/webinars
  5. 5. What is Dyslexia? Wikipedia: • Dyslexia, or developmental reading disorder, is characterised by difficulty with learning to read fluently and with accurate comprehension despite normal or above-average intelligence • Dyslexia is the most common learning difficulty and most recognised reading disorder Related issues include Dyspraxia and Dyscalculia It is estimated that it affects at least 6 million people in the UK, 4 million of those severely AbilityNet Accessibility Services www.abilitynet.org.uk/webinars 5
  6. 6. What is the impact of Dyslexia in the workplace? Communication and collaboration • Reading and writing • Presentations • Meetings + note-taking Not reaching targets Personal and emotional effects AbilityNet Accessibility Services www.abilitynet.org.uk/webinars 6
  7. 7. What adjustments can help with Dyslexia? Overlays Preferences Keyboards Spellchecking Text to speech Mind mapping Organisers/reminders AbilityNet Accessibility Services www.abilitynet.org.uk/webinars 7
  8. 8. Writing – reports, documents, emails, etc • Spelling • Grammar • Clear and accurate articulation • Miss keying - hand eye co-ordination Speech-to-text Text-to-speech Mind-mapping Keyboard adaptations AbilityNet Accessibility Services www.abilitynet.org.uk/webinars 8
  9. 9. Reading • Accuracy • Understanding • Visual stress Overlays Reading Rulers Text to Speech/Screenreader AbilityNet Accessibility Services www.abilitynet.org.uk/webinars 9 Aqua Blue Sky Blue Celery Grass Green Jade Green Magenta Orange Pink Purple Yellow
  10. 10. Note-taking - meetings, on the telephone, etc • Listening and note taking at the same time • Understanding the information presented • Keeping pace with information being discussed Digital Voice Recording Mind Mapping Strategy training - identifying key information AbilityNet Accessibility Services www.abilitynet.org.uk/webinars 10
  11. 11. Cognitive Barriers • Planning and organising workload • Concentration • Processing Information • Memory Recall Mind mapping Outlook Calendar training Strategy coaching – memory tools Reminders AbilityNet Accessibility Services www.abilitynet.org.uk/webinars 11
  12. 12. What help should you expect from your employer? Equality Act 2010 Employers must make Reasonable Adjustments Lots of benefits: • Increase productivity • Improve staff loyalty = reduce costs • Happier employees AbilityNet Accessibility Services www.abilitynet.org.uk/webinars 12
  13. 13. Dealing with Dyslexia in the workplace Employers must offer reasonable adjustments • Raise awareness of staff and managers One size doesn’t fit all • Deal with the individual and the support they need May not be any cost • For built in options see www.mycomputermyway.com It’s about the person, not about the computer • Training and support AbilityNet Accessibility Services www.abilitynet.org.uk/webinars 13
  14. 14. Questions Please use the Questions box on GotoWebinar Next AbilityNet webinars Dealing with Dyslexia in Education, 1pm BST, Thursday 6 Nov Dyslexia and Digital Design, 1pm BST, Tuesday 11 November Sign up at www.abilitynet.org.uk/webinars AbilityNet Accessibility Services www.abilitynet.org.uk/webinars
  15. 15. Contact Us robin.christopherson@abilitynet.org.uk +44 (0) 1926 465 247 @abilitynet sarah.kennedy@hands-free.co.uk Next AbilityNet webinars Dealing with Dyslexia in Education, 1pm BST, Thursday 6 Nov Dyslexia and Digital Design, 1pm BST, Tuesday 11 November Sign up at www.abilitynet.org.uk/webinars AbilityNet Accessibility Services www.abilitynet.org.uk/webinars

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