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Women and Dyslexia 
in the Workforce 
Jan Halfpenny
We have a situation folks…
Unidentified dyslexia 
Scottish Entrepreneur: 
Michelle Mone 
“I felt something was wrong before I 
was tested...as over t...
Professor Julie Logan: University of Bristol 2001 
1 in 5 of the UK’s entrepreneurs she surveyed was dyslexic 
twice the r...
Michelle is not on her own… 
There is a lack of early identification of dyslexia in UK schools – 
especially in girls. 
• ...
And to make it more challenging… 
• Not all dyslexics struggle with reading. 
• Learning specialists Dr. Brock Eide and Dr...
But for some there is a second chance… 
• Dyslexic higher education students in 1999: 
Nearly half were identified as dysl...
However… 
• Many entrepreneurs do not routinely take the university route. 
• Access To Work (2011) scheme delivered emplo...
So the situation so far is: 
• More dyslexic girls than boys are thought to remain outside the support 
framework at schoo...
References: 
1. Dyslexia Scotland, 2011, Dyslexia and Us: A collection of personal stories, Dyslexia Scotland 
2. Logan, J...
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Presentation by Jan Halfpenny at the inaugural International Festival of Dyslexic Culture at the London Metropolitan University on 8th November 2014

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Women and dyslexia in the workforce

  1. 1. Women and Dyslexia in the Workforce Jan Halfpenny
  2. 2. We have a situation folks…
  3. 3. Unidentified dyslexia Scottish Entrepreneur: Michelle Mone “I felt something was wrong before I was tested...as over the years I have struggled with reading, but as I didn’t realise I was dyslexic, I didn’t get any support at school.” (1) ©Halfpenny Development 2014
  4. 4. Professor Julie Logan: University of Bristol 2001 1 in 5 of the UK’s entrepreneurs she surveyed was dyslexic twice the rate expected for adults in the UK (1 in 10) (2) one in three of the self-employed in UK are women almost 1.5 million women self-employed (Women in Enterprise: A Different Perspective, RBS Group 2013). c.300,000 are dyslexic ©Halfpenny Development 2014 Michelle is not on her own…
  5. 5. Michelle is not on her own… There is a lack of early identification of dyslexia in UK schools – especially in girls. • Some studies show no significant gender difference, yet schools shown to identify significantly more boys than girls as dyslexic at a young age (3). • Overt behaviour attracts attention? • Girls tend to adopt more private coping strategies and draw less formal attention to their needs (4)? ©Halfpenny Development 2014
  6. 6. And to make it more challenging… • Not all dyslexics struggle with reading. • Learning specialists Dr. Brock Eide and Dr. Fernette Eide suggest that: “A few, whom we’ve called stealth dyslexics, have problems so subtle or “stealthy” that they evade early detection and often only come to attention later for problems with writing or underperformance.”(5) ©Halfpenny Development 2014
  7. 7. But for some there is a second chance… • Dyslexic higher education students in 1999: Nearly half were identified as dyslexic only after they had left school and gone on to university (6). • Complexity of task in relation to demands on literacy. • Evidence from higher education shows the importance of providing support: One-to-one specialist tuition and technology. ©Halfpenny Development 2014
  8. 8. However… • Many entrepreneurs do not routinely take the university route. • Access To Work (2011) scheme delivered employment support to approximately just one in every one thousand dyslexic workers in the UK (7). • They did not even keep figures on how many dyslexic self-employed people the scheme had helped (8). Despite: • 88% of dyslexics surveyed by Business Link (2008) said they thought that dyslexia presented barriers to starting a business (9). ©Halfpenny Development 2014
  9. 9. So the situation so far is: • More dyslexic girls than boys are thought to remain outside the support framework at school. • If dyslexia is missed at school there is a chance it will be picked up in higher education. • If women choose a non-university path, their chances of being spotted are fewer. • They grow in to adults who are unlikely to have been assessed or supported, but are still affected by dyslexia every time they process information. • There are consequences for female identity, stress levels, the family, relationships and the economy. • Co-occurrence needs to be considered more frequently. • There are issues with unidentified dyslexia in all professions. ©Halfpenny Development 2014
  10. 10. References: 1. Dyslexia Scotland, 2011, Dyslexia and Us: A collection of personal stories, Dyslexia Scotland 2. Logan, J., 2001, Entrepreneurial success: A study of the incidence of dyslexia in the entrepreneurial population and the influence of dyslexia on success, University of Bristol 3.Frey, W., 1990, Schools miss out on dyslexic engineers, IEEE Spectrum Gale Group, 2008, Encyclopaedia of Medicine, Gale Group Inc. 4. Hales, T., (2005), How can you effectively target boys learning in the classroom? A small-scale enquiry focusing on how to help boys improve their achievement, Journal of the Cardiff School of Education, Volume 3, September 2005 5.Singleton, C. H. (Chair), 1999, Dyslexia in Higher Education: Policy, Provision and Practice, Report of the National Working Party on Dyslexia in Higher Education 6.Eide, B., & Eide, F., 2011, The Dyslexic Advantage, Hay House 7. DWP Employment Group, 2011, Access To Work Official Statistics July 2011, Department for Work and Pensions 8. DWP, 2012, Response to Access To Work Statistic Enquiry, Disability Employment Analysis Team 9. Business Link, 2008, Dyslexia and Start-up Businesses, Business Link
  11. 11. Dyslexia Specialists Consultancy and Online Training for Business Tuition and Assessment for Individuals 01659 742140 info@halfpennydevelopment.co.uk www.halfpennydevelopment.co.uk
  12. 12. £50 reduction on our new online course Festival Special (£70 + VAT) £84 Normally (£120 + VAT) £144 Just Email us on: info@halfpennydevelopment.co.uk By 9 am on 21st November 2014 Quote code FDC 1 to receive the discount

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