What is dyslexia?
Dyslexia can be defined as a specific learning difference on a spectrum with symptoms ranging from mild to severe. People with dyslexia have particular difficulty with:
- phonological awareness
- verbal memory
- rapid serial naming
- verbal processing speed
Dyslexia occurs across the range of intellectual abilities and affects 10%-15% of the population. It is best thought of as a continuum, not a distinct category, and there are no clear cut-off points. Co-occurring difficulties may be seen in aspects of language, motor co-ordination, mental calculation, concentration and personal organisation, but these are not, by themselves, markers of dyslexia. For more information see Dyslexia in the Workplace (Word).
How Imperial supports staff with dyslexia and specific learning differences
What if I think I am dyslexic?
One of my team may have dyslexia
You may find Dyslexia & SpLDs - Guidance for Managers (Word) useful. EDIC has a process for assessing staff who may think that they are dyslexic: Dyslexia Flow Chart (Word). To book an appointment with the Staff Dyslexia & SpLd Advisor, please fill out the below booking form:
In addition there is a helpful BDA Dyslexia Style Guide (pdf) from the British Dyslexia Association, that managers and colleagues can make use of.
I have already been assessed
If you have already been assessed and need support with your job the EDIC's process for assessing staff includes support needs. You will need a Work Needs Assessment (WNA): Workplace Needs Assessment Guidance (Word)
To book a WNA or Coping Strategy Coaching Please see the booking form below: