Dyslexia and employment
We are currently running a project to help people, aged 18 and over, who have dyslexia. This includes an initial assessment of their strengths and difficulties, a screening that produces a report and an assessment with coloured overlays. There is also help and support for issues such as literacy difficulties, individually tailored to each person.
The focus is on trying to help participants who feel that their dyslexia creates additional barriers that make it more difficult for them to look for and apply for work than people who do not have dyslexia.
We have already had referrals from people on work programmes with SEETEC but people with dyslexia can also refer themselves, or contact us for further details.
Concurrent with this Pat, our Manager, is undertaking research into the issues for people with dyslexia in respect of employment. The University of St Mark and St John, Plymouth, awarded her a bursary to complete a PhD on a part-time basis. They and the University of Exeter will jointly supervise her research and the topic is attracting quite a bit of interest.