Dyslexia is not a reflection of someone’s intelligence.  It is the outcome of how and the speed at which, the brain processes language in any form.  It also impacts organisational skills.  It is often compensated by strong visual and verbal skills.

It is thought anywhere between 1 in 10 to 1 in 4 people have dyslexia 

A diagnosis is not currently available on the NHS and must be sought privately.  TSSA Neurodiversity Equality Reps can provide a screener (not a diagnosis).

Features of dyslexia


  • Excellent spatial reasoning
  • Good long term memory (narrative reasoning)
  • Visual processing
  • Seeing holistically (big picture thinking)
  • Connects dots and sees things others don't


  • Paperwork takes a long time
  • Prioritising tasks
  • Disorganised (documents and items)
  • Untidy desks
  • Comprehension of documents may be poor or slow

Dyslexia - Reasonable Adjustments

Some suggestions for workplace changes are listed below

Examples of where key reasonable adjustments can be made are listed below but, this is not an exhaustive list and not everything will be applicable to everyone.

  • In meetings, discussion
  • Written materials (including documents, signage and publicity)
  • In training or any learning environment
  • Devices
  • Software
  • Specialist stationery
  • Hardware
  • Workflow and assignments
  • Adjustments to deadlines
  • Annual Assessments
  • Workplace environment

If you have any concerns or want to find out more please contact your TSSA rep or the TSSA Helpdesk

Want to find out more about dyslexia – here's the best place to start

British Dyslexia Association

Ricky talks about Irlen's Syndome

Tedx talk on dyslexia

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