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5 things every business support and training provider should know

Many of the questions I get asked as a dyslexia and business specialist come from business support and training providers.

They usually want to find out what they need to know about dyslexia and what they should be doing about it. Here is the information that I make sure they have:

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  1. 1 in 5 entrepreneurs in the UK is dyslexic. 
  2. The rate in the general population is 1 in 10.  
  3. Dyslexic adults are particularly drawn to business careers.
  4. Schools under-recognise dyslexia and other neurological differences.
  5. Some business people will be unaware that they are dyslexic.

...and two helpful quotes...

Business Link London (2008) says:

“Dyslexia ...affects an individual’s ability to perform business tasks and processes.  Despite this, it is also associated with creativity and business excellence, especially in the critical areas of creativity and lateral thinking.

Dyslexia is something that training and development organisations should be aware of and endeavour to accommodate. This can be in the form of simple dyslexia-specific guides, workshops and training information.” 

Dyslexia is more than a literacy issue; it is a processing difference that affects the way all information is processed - written, visual and spoken - in terms of speed, attention paid and commitment to memory. This has to be taken into account when presenting information to this group, if you are going to improve your chances of your message being remembered and acted upon.

Further reading and references:

In Their Element: The Case for Investing in Dyslexic Entrepreneurs

Business Link London (2008) Dyslexia and Start-up Businesses 

Jan Halfpenny writes, conducts research and trains organisations and individuals on dyslexia and business.  

Recent research on dyslexic entrepreneurs: In Their Element: The Case for Investing in Dyslexic Entrepreneurs

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Very interesting so why do alot of training providers move away from dyslexia in favour of more job ready clients it makes me mad I've just keft a company where my Managers favorite saying was forget the donkeys we only want racehorses this phrase is why I left my role as Programme coordinator where I had alot of success working with people with dyslexia I find it inspiring and refreshing that with all the barriers young people have this is one that is shied away from the most.

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