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Then comes the problems presented by traditional job
application processes that involve the written word. Take
psychometric testing, for example. While many dyslexic people
have above average IQ, they need more time to convey their
abilities than the tests allow.
“If you give dyslexic people time, they will succeed. Time
extension in tests does not mean that the employee will need
such accommodations at work,” says Inbar.
FROM SCHOOL TO WORK
Many dyslexics struggle at school, but Inbar says that in the
workplace, it can be an advantage. People with dyslexia often
excel at tasks involving visual thinking, spotting patterns and
the connections between them, learning though storytelling,
and reasoning in complex and changing environments.
“Dyslexic people are better at the ‘big picture’ than details,
and are potential talents that organisations are overlooking,”
And although dyslexia may be a challenge in some jobs, it’s
not a challenge in all jobs, says Jodi Clements, president of the
Australian Dyslexia Association (ADA). “We still have a long
way to go in helping employers understand what dyslexia is,
and changing the belief that it may be a burden.”
At professional services firm P wC , the workplace
adjustment policy offers the opportunity for any employee who
requests it, to change aspects of their environment or work
More generally, the policy covers issues such as changes to
equipment or workstations, while specifically in relation to
dyslexia, it may involve coloured overlays to make reading
easier, f lexible working, or the provision of information
software to allow an employee to talk to a computer.
Steve Rayment is a technical consultant at PwC, who is
“I have dyslexia mildly, but I definitely think differently,” he
says. “Sometimes I miss out parts of a conversation, because
I’ve already had them in my head. And my writing is horrific.”
Rayment moved to Australia in September 2014 from
the UK, where he was the chair of the invisible disabilities
board (covering areas such as dyslexia and autism) at his then
employer Barclays. “The UK is definitely more advanced on
the topic, and people in Australia are still uncomfortable with
invisible disabilities,” he says.
Rayment is now involved in PwC’s ability network,
established in 2014, and hopes to emulate the progress made in
this area in the UK.
One future development has been to set up a ‘buddy system’,
which he describes as, “creating a safe space where people can
talk about something they’re struggling with, without feeling
PwC has also posted its disability access and inclusion plan
with the Australian Human Rights Commission – the first
professional services firm to do so.
“It’s been a slow journey, as it is for many large
organisations, but we’ve made some big progress over the past
12 months,” says Nicole Vongdara, PwC ’s national lead for
health and wellbeing.
With no specific requirement for education departments to
look out for dyslexia, young dyslexic adults are entering the
workforce without being identified, according to Clements.
In Australia a stroke occurs every 10 minutes across people of all
ages... and the impacts last a lifetime. One-third of stroke survivors
are of working age. But did you know stroke can be prevented?
The Stroke Foundation has passionate volunteer StrokeSafe Speakers available to present to
workplaces and community groups. Many have personal experience with stroke and are willing
to share their challenging yet inspirational journey.
Your group will learn:
• What stroke is and how to recognise the signs of stroke
• What to do if someone is having a stroke
• How to prevent stroke in you or the people you love
Make a StrokeSafe presentation a part of your
staff health and wellness program.
To find out if there is speaker in your area
What people say
about StrokeSafe talks
“The talk was incredible, totally captivating. To
have her story shared first hand was both an
inspiration and an eye-opener. It really got us all
thinking and talking about the way we look after
ourselves. And we’ve changed! Thank you so
much for organising this for us, it’s had a huge
and very important impact on each and every
one of us.”
“This has been one of the best
information nights our club has
had for many years.”
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AND HAD AN ESTIMATED
IQ OF 160.
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