Adult dyslexia forty years on

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The British Dyslexia Association (BDA) has published a report examining progress on issues facing adults with dyslexia over the past four decades. Produced to coincide with the fortieth anniversary of the charity’s foundation, the document identifies a range of issues that continue to affect dyslexics negatively.

Access to written information in formats appropriate for those with dyslexia is cited as a prime example of how organisations are still failing those with condition. While the requirement to provide information in alternative formats was enshrined in law with the Equality Act of 2010, the charity says that not enough businesses take heed of this and provide information in a way that dyslexics can use.

The Report, produced following consultation with over 100 organisations and individuals working with dyslexics, also points to some of the strengths that those with the condition enjoy. It says that roughly 20 per cent of our successful entrepreneurs are thought to be dyslexic.

Margaret Malpas, Joint Chair of the BDA, has called for an extension of the collaboration it secured in the production of its Report. “I think we have a real opportunity here to collaborate to tackle the problems identified and resolve some of them”, she said. “This would result in less cost and pain for individuals but also significantly reduce to the costs to society which are estimated at £1billion a year to the UK economy.”

The BDA’s Adult Dyslexia Report is available at:
http://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/files/Adults-and-Dyslexia-report-2012.pdf

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