Dyslexia is a complex condition causing an individual to process information differently particularly around reading, writing and numbers.
Whilst this can lead to difficulty with literacy, dyslexic people often see things differently and have strong problem solving and creative skills.
On 12 July 2016, the disabled member’s network hosted a study day on 'Understanding Reasonable Adjustments for Dyslexia'.
The purpose of the study day was to take a positive and proactive look at CSP members and their experiences of implementing reasonable adjustments for dyslexia in the workplace and at university.
Our study day speakers
The speakers on the day were filmed and can be seen here:
Theresa Awolesi, a recent physiotherapy graduate from the University of Nottingham shares her experience of having dyslexia at university and on clinical placement.
Karen Atkinson, Principal Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire explores what it means to be a disabled physiotherapy student and how you can take a proactive stance.
Hilary Thompson, manager of a large MSK service speaks from a manager’s perspective on dealing with dyslexia in the workplace.
Michael Michaeloudis, from Thompsons Solicitors outlines your legal rights to request reasonable adjustments for dyslexia in the workplace.
Stephanie Mansell, consultant physiotherapist, shares her strengths and her coping strategies in her role at the Royal Free Hospital.
Resources from the day
Dyslexia and me- presentation by Theresa Awolesi
Reasonable adjustments presentation - Karen Atkinson
Reasonable adjustments in work based placements or employment handout - Karen Atkinson
Duty to make reasonable adjustment presentation - Michael Michaeloudis
One dyslexic’s journey to consultant physio - Stephanie Mansell
Question and answers from Dyslexia Day 2016
Dyslexia case studies
Other useful resources
- CSP members can access information and peer support though the Disabled Members Network – join today!
- A CSP video resource on reasonable adjustments
- The British Dyslexia Association has information on diagnosis and coping strategies
- Access to Work is a government scheme which can pay for practical support in the workplace. There is a different scheme in Northern Ireland linked on the page.
- Into Physiotherapy: welcoming and supporting disabled students – a CSP publication (currently under review) with sections for students, educators and clinicians.
If you do not know who your rep is please call the CSP Enquiries Team on 020 7306 6666.