Working with adults

Monthly Adults with Dyslexia Meet-up 

Young Adults


Click here if you think you might be dyslexic to answer a quick questionnaire.

Next Step Programme

Useful Links

dyslexia support
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National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) help sheet on support for adults with dyslexia


Think you may have dyslexia?
Think you may have dyslexia?

Monthly Adults with Dyslexia Meet-up

WFDA hosts a monthly Adults with Dyslexia Meet – up at the Walthamstow Quaker Meeting House, 1a Jewel Road, London, E17 4QU from 6-8pm on the last Wednesday of the month.


Workshops run at adult group

If you’re an adult with dyslexia feel welcome to drop in to our free group. Share your experiences and learn different ways to cope with having dyslexia. Practical information, resources, creative solutions, films and tips including guest speakers on relevant issues.

Our meetings are run by unpaid volunteers suggestions and offers of help are always welcome!


Please contact Georgina Turner, email


Dyslexia Association of London Adult Group

This group meets every 2nd Monday of the month from 6.30-9.00pm at St James Church, 197 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LL.

If you are interested in joining this club please visit their website for more information at:

Young Adults

The future is bright for dyslexic students at University – James McMahon, 12 Oct 2015, The Guardian –
Article on advice for students with dyslexia starting university.

Being Dyslexic can be actually bloody brilliant – read blog writer Scott Bryan’s experiences of being a young person with dyslexia, 21.5.2012.


Dyslexia is no reason to hold you back in the business world. It didn’t stop Cath Kidston the founder and designer of worldwide brand of vintage/retro clothes and homeware which is currently valued at £75 million.

Cath had limited formal education and as a child didn’t know she had dyslexia. Talking about her dyslexia ’I can’t remember a phone number but I can recall a particular shade of green from 20 years ago. I was always learning, just not through traditional academic subjects’.

Cath is not alone, there are many famous entrepreneurs with dyslexia. These include Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, the world’s largest software company. Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin. Steve Jobs co-founder of Apple Inc. Alan Sugar, businessman and ’The Apprentice’ judge. Theo Paphitis, businessman and ’Dragon’s Den’ judge. Jo Malone, founder of fragrance company.

Dyslexic entrepreneurs – why they have a competitive edge. Read about what people in business have achieved.

Beth Rose on 28 February 2016 on BBC News talks about entrepreneurs that are producing resources for people with disabilities.


 Access to Work

Access to work and JobcentrePlus are two separation organisations. Access to Work is set up to support employers to assist staff with health conditions or disabilities such as dyslexia remain in employment.  Once you are in employment you may qualify for help under the Access to Work scheme; this is a government scheme that offers practical help at work if your health or disability affects the way you do your job. As confirmed by the British Dyslexia Association (BDA) an employee does not need a dyslexia screening or diagnosis to get Access to Work support.

You may be eligible for Access to Work if you are:

  • In a job or about to start a job;
  • About to start a Work Trial;
  • Self-employed and your disability/health condition prevents you from doing parts of your job.

Access to Work can help you and your employer by offering advice and support with extra costs which may arise because of your needs, and will offer help towards the cost of equipment you need at work. Funding could provide such things as: special software, specialised equipment, a person to help you with organisational or time management problems, or even someone to take notes or write letters for you.

For an application form for Access to Work telephone: 029 20423 291 where you can fill in the application over the phone.

Dyslexia Screening and Diagnostic Assessment

Indication for Dyslexia Screening

A screening or assessment for dyslexia can be used by work coaches at Jobcentre Plus to take into account when completing customer claimant commitments. It can also be useful for those applying to Access to Work. For adults who are concerned that they may be dyslexic, this is the first step to identifying whether dyslexia is a possible reason for many of the problems that they have experienced through school, and into their adult working life.

WFDA provides an Indication for Dyslexia Screening, details to book is on our website. Also available on the BDA website is the ‘Spot your Potential’ screening test for age range 15+ which highlights strengths and weaknesses. It costs about £30, gives instant results and is acceptable for the driving test.  An on-line dyslexia screening assessment which provides an instant answer can be found at

Diagnostic Assessments

An up to date diagnostic assessment clarifies the current strengths and areas of difficulty in order that the correct provision for the interview and selection process in a job role can be provided.

A diagnostic assessment is the only way to really understand if someone is

dyslexic and where their particular strengths and weaknesses lie. There are available a variety of assessment measures and professional assessors who are highly qualified, assessed for competence and required to undertake mandatory

CPD.  On our website is a list of local assessors. We recommend that employers offer a diagnostic assessment of any staff that may be dyslexic.

Workplace Assessments

 A client screening report or diagnostic assessment should be carried out prior to a workplace assessment. A screening report such as the one provided by WFDA may be acceptable. The BDA states that Access to Work may accept a screening report for the self-employed and some ‘lower skilled jobs’ prior to a workplace needs assessment

A workplace assessment is delivered by trained workplace assessors to

determine the reasonable adjustments required for an individual with dyslexia.

The BDA provides a very comprehensive service, including pre survey which ensures the most efficient time spent on site. The BDA only uses workplace assessors who have completed their training with the BDA and have satisfied the BDA requirements to be a “competent” person in this field.

The BDA organises CPD opportunities to ensure the assessors maintain cutting edge knowledge on the range of available adjustments. The BDA has led to the professional development of workplace assessment so employers have the satisfaction of knowing they are in safe hands of the leading institute.

To find out more please contact

Reasonable Adjustments

 Support for a dyslexic employee will be neither expensive nor disruptive to the organisation and can be very effective. Some dyslexic employees will have a good idea of the sort of accommodations and I.T. support which will help, particularly if they have had experience of these at college or university. However, the individual dyslexic employee will not have the detailed knowledge of all the possible adjustments available. The employer is advised to seek specialist advice in the form of a work-based needs assessment.

 General Points

  • The Equality Act 2010 requires an employer to implement reasonable adjustments to support a disabled employee.
  • Every dyslexic person is different and will have different requirements for support. There is no one-size-fits-all reasonable adjustment for Dyslexia.
  • Reasonable adjustments are not an instant remedy guaranteeing immediate success. Although progress in overcoming Dyslexia related difficulties is likely to be seen quite quickly, it may take three-six months to achieve maximum benefit, depending on the nature of the dyslexic difficulties in relation to the job specification.

For reasonable adjustments to be effective, the following need to be in place:

– Appropriate adjustments with any related training.

– A willingness on the part of the employee to embrace the adjustments and training.

– Support and understanding of colleagues and management.

– Dyslexia awareness training is essential for H.R. and Management, including immediate line managers to support these adjustments.


I’ve finally admitted that I’m a dyslexic academic – and I’m terrified (Guardian article).


Legal update on dyslexia discrimination March 2016

Disclosure discussing disability at work

Read this article by Christopher Rossiter from the Driver Youth Trust on speaking to your employee about your dyslexia.

All organisations have a legal requirement to support dyslexic employees under the Equality Act 2010, replacing the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. Failure on the part of the employer to implement adjustments and support an employee with Dyslexia and related hidden disabilities may lead to avoidable performance problems, inappropriate disciplinary measures up to and including dismissal, poor employee relations, health issues and loss of employment through resignation or constructive dismissal.

This information is taken from the Code of Practice for Employers Guide (6th Edition). To buy a copy, please visit

Unemployed people with dyslexia

It would be helpful to tell your employment coach that you are dyslexic when you fill in your circumstances on your jobseeker profile for your claimant commitment.

If you’re unemployed and you believe your difficulties are one of the main factors preventing you from finding work you can ask to see the Disability Employment Advisor (DEA) at JobcentrePlus.

The DEA could help you to find employment or keep a job once you have started work. You do not need a screening report or assessment to see the DEA but if you have one it will help them give you the correct support.

If you have problems using a computer you can use the telephone to contact your employment coach and claim benefits at JobcentrePlus. Telephone 0800 055 6688. When you call you must make it clear why you are using the telephone or you will be re-directed to the jobcentre plus website.




Exceptional Individuals

Exceptional Individuals logo

Matt Cartoon


Exceptional Individuals is a recruitment company with a social agenda at its core, its main aim is to find dyslexic individuals a working environment where they can thrive because their dyslexia is understood.


Exceptional Individuals has a diverse candidate portfolio that ranges from graduates just starting their careers, to experienced professionals looking for new challenges. All the candidates are interviewed before they are put forward for any roles; this is to ensure they meet the specifications the employer has put forward.

What Exceptional Individuals aims to do:

Educate businesses about the benefits of employing people with dyslexia and the advantages it can bring to their company.

Place dyslexic graduates and candidates in employment where they may have found inaccessible previously.

If your company would like to become a more inclusive employer and work with exceptional individuals, more information can be found on their website.
Alternatively you can contact them: 0208 133 6046


Exceptional Individuals specialises in working with dyslexic job seekers and provides support and guidance free of charge. Each candidate is a unique case and we work with everyone individually to ensure they find a job they can thrive in. If you’re currently seeking employment or looking for a career change you can send your CV to E.I and they will contact you soon afterwards to discuss your prospects.
Alternatively you can contact them:
0208 133 6046


Next Step course for adults with dyslexia


Aims of the course:

* Understanding your own way of learning
* Study Skills
* Personal development skills
* Information, advice and guidance on the way forward in studying
* Action planning for future learning

Who will be running the class:

Katherine Hewlett
Katherine Hewlett

We are pleased to announce that the classes will again  be run by Katherine Hewlett who is a highly qualified teacher experienced in lecturing and teaching for over 30 years in Independent schools, Adult Education, lecturing in FE and HE colleges, Polytechnics and Universities.  Katherine is ideally suited to the role as she teaches students with dyslexia professionally for the Open University.

Where will the classes be held:

Leyton Sixth Form College, Essex Road, E10 6EQ which is easily accessible and has the benefit of computer suite, which was necessary for some of the tuition covered.  In addition students will able to make notes straight onto a computer and save on a CD Rom which is preferable for some students who struggle with handwriting.

Benefits of the course include:

* Increased confidence amongst the students to set own goals and plan their own achievements
* Increased ability to process information and therefore increase knowledge.  Students get to practice skills such as note taking, fast track reading, listening skills, presentation skills, memory techniques , spelling.
* Networking opportunities for students gained from working together in a team.


Quotes from previous students :


“I gained so much! The many different ways of remembering and the confidence to talk about being Dyslexic” – Student is now considering a Higher Education degree

“It would have been good for the course to be longer. I achieved focused writing skills” – Student wants to extend her ability to craft based work

“It was excellent- would have been good to have a longer course. I learnt skills for reading, retaining factual information, note taking skills. I now feel that I want to learn a new skill so something creative” – Student wants to study a Fashion degree

“I really enjoyed this course. It gave me a lot of confidence in myself and to do what I always wanted to do” – Student wants to write more!!

“Skills in literacy – which I have never been shown before. Confidence being with other people who have dyslexia.  Being taught by Katherine. I have gained far more from the course than I expected to” – Student has been able to manage his dyslexia more effectively

“Focused me more on what type of Dyslexic you are- the focus on strategies to manage Dyslexia”

If you are interested in registering for this free course please email

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