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Dyslexia and Employment Legislation

In the United Kingdom if the effects of dyslexia are having a substantial and long term adverse affect on the individual’s ability to carry out normal day to day activities then this falls within the definition of a disability as defined within the Equality Act 2010. If this is the case then this means that an employer/college/university is legally obliged to make appropriate reasonable adjustments in order to reduce the impact the disability has on the dyslexic adult's ability to perform in the workplace or during associated studies. 

Click here to read more about about reasonable adjustments.

For further information about the Equality Act 2010 please follow the links below:

Coping with Courts & Tribunals: A Guide for People with Specific Learning & Processing Differences, M Jameson (revised Nov 2014)

This revised and updated guide by Melanie Jameson is for people with Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Attention Deficit Disorder or Asperger Syndrome who face a court or tribunal hearing.

It will also be helpful to those who support them. Sections include police custody, legal aid, bankruptcy proceedings, jury service and alternative approaches to resolving disputes.

Changes to legal aid, new procedures and fees for Emp Tribunals are amongst the many reasons why people with SpLDs need help in this minefield.

Policy and Practice in Employment

The responsibility for supporting people who have disabilities in the United Kingdom falls under the Government’s departments responsible for employment. In the United Kingdom this is the Department for Work and Pensions. The Government scheme known as Access to Work is designed to provide practical support for people with disabilities. This might include equipment, technology, and provision for skills development.

Watch a short video about Access to Work and how to apply on YouTube

Further information is available from the following web site:

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