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Dyslexia at the Workplace

The following is a quote from a person who is dyslexic about his struggles with dyslexia in the workplace.
He had some advice for people with dyslexia as well. Some parts have been edited for clarity:

"A huge problem I face in the workplace is communication and pronunciation. My boss has a way of saying things or pronouncing things which make me question what he says and what I'm supposed to be doing. On top of that, my dyslexia makes reading any documents or papers at work hard; it slows me down because I have to take my time. That is even though I have many computer programs at hand to help me read and do the paperwork to accomplish all of the goals.
             To overcome some of my difficulties, I have to ask my boss to repeat what he says or I have to re-read the documents I was given, re-read what I have written and what I read to prepare reports and other documents. Which takes more time, but I have to do it in order to make sure they are no mistakes or misunderstanding…
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Dyslexia is Success

Dyslexia often makes reading more difficult than it is, but often times it can be a gift. 
I know for anyone that has dyslexia or related learning challenges, it may not seem
possible, but many celebrities say they owe their success to dyslexia. 
In a short film by Made By Dyslexia, Orlando Bloom said: "If you're dyslexic, it's kind of
your superpower. It's like the way you think."
Research shows that dyslexic brains are wired differently. This often means they see
the world differently. And as Bloom said, this is a superpower. It may take him longer to
read a script, but what he brings to the character will be more innovative and creative
than that of a non-dyslexic. For directors looking for great actors, this is invaluable.
         Steven Spielberg, Woopie Goldberg, Mel B, Keira Knightly, and Richard Branson
all have dyslexia and have found their success. Steven Spielberg wasn't diagnosed until
much later in his life, but it didn't prevent a successful caree…

How To Make a Great Resume

One of the most important things when looking for a job is your resume, but writing a
resume can be tough especially when your dyslexia or learning challenge makes it difficult
to write well. So, here are a few tips to help you create a resume employers are looking for:
           A resume must be well-organized, error-free and neat. These are the sections you want to
have, and in this order: the header, career objective/ job summary, skills, experience,
education, certifications. The header should have your name, present address, email, and
primary telephone number at the top of the page.
          In your career objective/job summary communicate the type of position you want while
summarizing your career. This should highlight the skills you have acquired throughout your career. It should only be one to two sentences long.
          The skills section is really important because employers use this section to look at your
resume quickly. In fact, it is so important it will get its ow…
This blog is in accordance with Jobs For Dyslexics. This is our statement on the recent college bribery scandal  In light of this week’s terrible college bribery scandal, amid revelations about how public empathy has been abused in certain instances, Jobs For Dyslexics wants to assure its supporters, its clients, and all stakeholders that we are an organization of the highest standards of integrity and conduct our services in accordance with them. This past week, as an organization and as individuals, we could not help but acknowledge that the invaluable public faith in our work, and in that of countless other organizations around the globe performing other work on behalf of talented dyslexics, has become imperiled. Because of the selfish actions of a handful of influential individuals bent on securing improper advantages for their children by appealing to the very same social consciences that have supported our development, we are in danger of losing our most important ally in the g…

What Supervisors/Teachers Can Do to Help

Dyslexia is among the most common learning disabilities. One out every 10-15 people have it, so it more than likely that someone you oversee has it. As a supervisor, it is important to ensure that the workplace is flexible enough to accommodate a person with a disability if its goal is to have an inclusive workforce. Here are some tips to help your dyslexic employee/co-worker:             As an administrator, you legally must provide accommodations to employees who have disclosed their dyslexia or learning challenge. This could include alternative formats of tests and reading materials. Dyslexics may just require more repetition and more time to learn tasks during the training period, so, be patient. Using dyslexia font or printing out material with a different color background could help dyslexics to read faster. Some people with learning challenges simply need to be provided with a voice-activated computer; all computers now have this ability. Keep in mind, dyslexia and related learn…

Dyslexia Is an Advantage Even When Job Hunting

Research by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire found that dyslexics are great at pointing out things that are out of place like weeds in a garden. Researchers found that dyslexics could point out visual representations of causal reasoning at faster rates than non-dyslexics.  Which means they can point out things that don't make sense in painting or photographs a lot easier and faster. In one study astrophysicists with dyslexia were able to pick out black holes from the noise faster than non-dyslexics. In another study with college students, dyslexics were better at memorizing blurry images that looked like x-rays. These are great advantages in medicine and science.  So, if dyslexia can be a gift, why does it make it harder to find employment. Dyslexics can have a tough time getting a job. Where do you even start? You can start by listing your strengths in your resume. Employers want to know your strengths and skills right off the bat to see if you fit the position. Th…

Dyslexia Jobseekers

Dyslexia can be difficult for a plethora of reasons and finding a job is no different. Dyslexia has nothing to do with intelligence, but not everyone knows that, so here are a few things you, a person with dyslexia, should know when looking for a job.           Play to your strengths. Research job requirements and apply to jobs that match your strengths and abilities. Many dyslexics are creative, visual thinkers and have a good eye. Find your strengths and use them to your advantage by applying to jobs that fit them.  And consider all your options. Do you want a typical 9-5 job? Many people with dyslexia don't want to fit into that category since it often stifles their creativity. But that's okay. Not everyone can handle the same type of job. Do you want a job in graphic design or architecture? How about computer programming, teaching, law, personal training, research? Do what you are interested in instead of what will impress your family or even the job your family wants you…