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DYSLEXIA EXPLAINED

DEFINED BY IMPAIRMENT IN THE ABILITY TO READ EITHER LETTERS, NUMBERS, OR BOTH

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DYSLEXIA OVERVIEW

Is a developmental condition that cannot be cured. Can be also acquired, through brain injury

10% of UK population of all ages have Dyslexia, whether diagnosed or not

Many successful people including Steven Spielberg, Richard Branson

and  Kiera Knightly

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WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN COMMUNICATING WITH PEOPLE WITH DYSLEXIA

A verbal medium is a great starting point, check preferred option, they may have access to reader software

Will have difficulty with written information so consider using symbols instead of text, especially for important reminders

The contrast between text and background must be strong for both written and electronic formats

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DYSLEXIA PRESENTATION INCLUDES

People with Dyslexia may read and write very slowly, even with high intelligence and topic understanding

They may confuse the order of letters or numbers, sometimes letters being the wrong way around

The condition causes difficulty with planning and organising

Many people with Dyslexia have working memory difficulties

As a result of sustained concentration they may suffer with headaches

May avoid filling out forms and making calls where letters, numbers and writing is required

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SOME OF THE MANY STRENGTHS OF DYSLEXIA

Great long-term memory and strong visual memory 

Excel at pattern spotting

Novel problem solving skills

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A FEW REASONABLE ADJUSTMENTS FOR PEOPLE WITH DYSLEXIA

Coloured paper and fonts may help but this depends on the person, don't be afraid to ask them

Use symbols rather than letters

Essential forms only, and they should be tick-box rather than freeform

Make available reader software as well as spelling and grammar correction tools

Allow plenty of time for tasks to be completed and allow plenty of breaks

Don't overload their senses, and allow quiet space and time