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Dyslexia and Employment: A Guide for Assessors, Trainers and Managers




Dyslexia and Employment: A Guide for Assessors, Trainers and Managers

Sylvia Moody (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-74919-7 October 2015 256 Pages



Edited by award-winning author Sylvia Moody, this jargon-free guide to good practice in dyslexia workplace consultancy, and related legal issues, provides comprehensive coverage in four clearly distinguished areas:
  • Professional dilemma chapters discuss tricky issues which have arisen in practice.
  • General perspective chapters take the viewpoint of professionals such as HR managers or trades-union representatives.
  • How to do it right chapters offer advice on how to carry out diagnostic, workplace needs and legal assessments, and on devising training programmes.
  • Information Point chapters provide brief information on general topics such as dyslexic difficulties in the workplace, emotional problems related to dyslexia, and the application of the Disability Discrimination Act.

With contributions from leading experts on workplace consultancy, this definitive guide will be of interest to dyslexia professionals, managers, legal professionals, trades unions, coaches, mentors and careers advisors - as well as dyslexic employees and job-seekers.  

Introduction (Sylvia Moody).

1. Dyslexia: A Case of Mistaken Identity (Sylvia Moody)?

How dyslexia can be wrongly diagnosed or escape recognition.

A. Dyslexic Difficulties in theWorkplace (Diana Bartlett).

2. A Human Resources Manager Speaks (Brian Hagan).

B. Reasonable Adjustments (Brian Hagan).

3. How To Do a Workplace Needs Assessment (Sylvia Moody).

4. Dyslexia on the Front Line (Pauline Sumner).

A dyslexic person wishes to train as, say, a nurse, police officer or firefighter and the question arises as to whether his/her inefficiencies might put lives at risk.

C. Disclosure Guidelines (Pauline Sumner).

5. Dyspraxia: Problems and Solutions (Sarah Howard).

D. Neurodiversity (David Grant).

6. How To Do an Assistive Technology Assessment (Sylvia Moody).

E. Visual Stress (Melanie Jameson).

7. Disputes around Dyslexia (Katherine Kindersley).

A change in job or manager can bring unexpected difficulties for a dyslexic employee and relations between manager and employee can become acrimonious. How can such situations be resolved?

F. Access to Work Disability Support (Katherine Kindersley).

8. A Dyslexic Employee Speaks (Jeffrey Till).

9. How to Set Up a Workplace Skills Training Programme (Katherine Kindersley).

G. Careers for Dyslexic Adults (Brian Hagan).

10. Dyslexia: Attitudes and Emotions (Diana Bartlett).

11. Dyslexia on Trial (Melanie Jameson).

At an employment tribunal a dyslexic person may be so hampered by their communication difficulties that they give the impression of being unco-operative and obstructing justice. How can the legal profession be made aware of dyslexic problems?

H. Disability Discrimination Legislation (Brenda Allan).

12. How to Write a Legal Report (Sylvia Moody).

I. Specific Learning Difficulties: Guidelines for Lawyers (Melanie Jameson).

Conclusion (Sylvia Moody).

Appendix I: Checklists.

Appendix II: Assistive Technology.

Appendix III: Useful addresses.

Appendix IV: Further Reading.

Author Biographies.