Dyslexia - Understanding & Improving Support

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Understanding & Improving Support for Employees

Dyslexia affects about 10% of the population in the UK – that’s about 6 million people. This means that there is likely to be at least one person in every workplace, group of trainees or learners who is affected in some way.

The Disability Discrimination Act (2005) and the Equality Act (2010) require organisations and employers to make reasonable adjustments for anyone working or training on their premises.

Many of those affected by dyslexia find ways and means to deal with the challenges it can present; many organisations make provision for assessing and supporting individuals but there are also individuals struggling to cope and far too many organisations who do not understand what reasonable adjustments might look like.

There are also several myths about dyslexia which confuse and mislead.

This fast-paced intensive but fun workshop provides an understanding of dyslexia; including indicators and implications, but most importantly a range of easy to implement ideas, suggestions and strategies that organisations and individuals can adopt to enable those affected to maximise their potential and efficiency.

For Whom

The workshop is also designed to be of considerable use and interest to all those involved with recruiting, training or supporting staff including staff, managers and HR Personnel from:

  • Private, Commercial and Corporate Business
  • Public Sector Organisations
  • Voluntary and charitable organisations

This workshop will also be of use to managers and staff from all educational establishments and could include, for example:

  • Schools, Colleges, Learning Providers, Prisons, Playgroups and Youth Clubs
    • Quality, IAG, Student Services. SLDD Representatives
    • Heads of Department and Year
    • Teachers Lecturers, Trainers, Assessors, Learning Support Teams

NB: This workshop is not aimed at those who have an in depth understanding of SpLD.

Aims and Objectives

As a result of the workshop participants will be better able to understand

  • the indicators of dyslexia and other associated disorders – what it looks and feels like
  • the relevant legislation and what is meant by ‘reasonable adjustments’
  • how to meet those legislative requirements
  • strategies to support others – best practice
  • how individuals can help themselves
  • how to support individuals with dyslexia

and will be able to identify

  • where to go for further guidance
  • useful tips and tools to use in their context

Content

The workshop is broken down into 5 distinct but related sections and will be a mixture of information and activity. In each section, participants will be encouraged to share good practice.

1. Facts and myths about dyslexia
Dyslexia receives much media coverage and there are talks of miracle cures and best teaching methods. This session aims to clarify the reality; focusing on the definitions, the law and a common sense approach.

2. Indicators and commonly reported problems

  • Characteristics of dyslexia and related disorders
  • Issues for different age groups from pre-school to adult
  • The potential impact on organisations and individuals

3. What you can do

  • A positive approach – a consideration of the positive aspects of dyslexia and how to get the best from people
  • Checklists you can use
  • Making the workplace or learning environment dyslexia friendly
  • Sustainability – ongoing training and practice

4. What individuals can do to help themselves

  • Tips and techniques
  • Resources and external support

5. Action Planning

  • An opportunity for participants to reflect and to plan for the future with support and guidance from the trainer
  • Ideas for additional sources of information and support

Delegate Feedback

'Very useful and well structured to educate about the basics.'
The Urdang Academy

'Very useful overview of whole area.'
Equality & Welfare Manager, The British Wheel of Yoga

'Relaxed and informal, easy to follow session - useful handouts. Lots of useful information.'
Lead HLTA Senior, Nightingale Academy

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Workshop Style

This training course is delivered in a workshop style. It is highly participative with a blend of presentation, group exercises and debate.  A comprehensive delegate pack is included. .

Numbers

To ensure effective levels of delegate participation, involvement and interaction, delegate numbers are restricted.  This workshop is suitable for groups of 2 to 20 delegates.

Certification

Formal CPD certificates are provided after the event in a form which is acceptable as CPD evidence to many professional bodies and institutions.

Facilitator

The facilitator for this workshop is a highly experienced trainer with in-depth subject knowledge.