According to the British Dyslexia Association around 10% of the population have dyslexia. A large employer like the University of Oxford, with over 11,000 staff, is likely to have a significant number of staff at all grades with traits of dyslexia. Many adults in the workplace have never been formally identified or assessed, and may not be aware of reasons why they find certain activities more difficult than other people do. Often they have developed coping strategies, and things may be going well until there is a change of circumstances, such as a new job, a new manager of the introduction of new working methods or IT systems. Established coping strategies may break down, leading to performance issues, increased stress and possibly sickness absence due to mental ill-health.
When dyslexia is well supported at work, with colleagues and managers sensitive to individual working styles, dyslexic difficulties are likely to be less pronounced and good performance maintained. This reduces the need for expensive individual adjustments.
This event is organised by the Equality and Diversity Unit and University Occupational Health Service. Nancy is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and Managing Director of Genius Within, a national company that coaches neurodiverse adults. She is a founding member of a British Psychological Society Working Group, providing guidance to occupational psychologists on neurodiverse adults and employment.
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