Okay, so I found out in college I was dyslexic. I am very good at reading and writing. Except I am absolutley terrible at math, even basic math like adding and subtracting I have to take longer to think about than others. Also, I can read fast but I have a hard time comprehending what I am reading and when I talk sometimes what I am thinking about what I am going to say in my head comes out backwards from my mouth. Like two words are mixed up or whatever. I have a hard time reading a clock and my lefts and rights I am always getting mixed up. My problem is I dont have insurance and have never had any sort of treatment or education on how to deal with my dyslexia and could use some advice or recommendations. Also, about the workplace. I am looking for work and found myself not applying for some jobs that I may think dyslexia might affect. So, another question is, do I let the employer know I have this during an interview or after I am hired, or how do I even mention a thing like this? I am lost at words...
I've not long found out i'm dislexic at college too, I have similar problems but I have the literacy problems too, I also find it hard to know when and if to mention it I feel odd about now having to put i'm dislexic on a application seen as I have filled many in over the summer of 2005 looking for part time jobs and never even thought that the next summer ill have to say I have a learning difficulty, luckily my new job I have just got I am a kennel attendant at a greyhound racing track so they don't need to know if I have poor literacy skills etc or not, I guess it depends on what the job consists of weather you need to tell the employer that you have dislexia right away or not
I dont believe you need to tell your employer unless you feel you need to. As long as it will not affect your work then my opinion is it is none of their business. If you do decided to tell them make sure you tell someone that you trust and talk with them about it and how dyslexia affects you specifically. That way they will have a better understanding of it and your specific condition.
If you find your self having to tell an employer about your dislexia, remember to try and relate some of the benifits that dislexia can bring, and put them into the persific skills the job is looking for.
ie. if your going for a pc job tell the employer becouse of dislexia you have come to find a pc being a big part in your life, for spellchecking etc you have rfound that your very sucsesfull with pcs.
or over coming problems, or you have come to find your self a very people person due to empathy that you have found since finding you are dislexic. it has worked of for me in lots of diff ways. also in the uk, a lot of jobs have to fill a qouter of people with disabilitys, and dislexia is a from of disability in the uk. done ever see it as a downfall for you. i would not change being dislexia for anything. its a gift, things we find simple to do others find very hard. our out look on life is one of beaty and visions of art etc.
most employers would not mind if your dislexic as long as you can explain why the skills that dislexics have can be a great benifit to the work place.
a great eye for detail, dyslexia has helped me work better to deadlines as i have come to find a great way of making big problems into bite size problems that are easyer to over come and complete goals and tasks to a persific time scale. im sure if you anerlize your goals and skills you can sell your self regardless of dislexia.
IMO something that others may see as a negitive, it can always been turned round as a possitive.
i never use to mention it o employers, and i never had any problems, iv never seen it as that bigger deal and i dont let it rule my life if i wanna try a different job then id just go for it, if i had any problems id just ask for help.
but my last interview i did bring it up and they were very supportive, they gave me the job and offered me help and support through nursing training. its not like it use to be people with dyslexia arnt looked down on like thry use to be, and it they have a problem with it i dont think i would want to work for them.
let it come up naturaly if they mention training just sayy something like im very commited to any training relating to the post since i was told i was dyslexic iv worked hard to improve myself and improve myself as much as possible and your not affraid too ask for help. thats what i said and it must not of put them off.
I come from a families of dyslexics, even though I am not dyslexic. Out of the six of us kids, two are dyslexic, as well as my dad.
My dad hires a lot, (he's a managing engineer), and he says that he would rather that a dyslexic person keep it to themselves, because he would think that they were playing for pity, or threatening to call discrimination--yes dyslexia fits under the classification for disabled and thus under classification for no discrimination. So, as a hiring dyslexic, he says that he would be more impressed to find out later and see that you deal with it and are responsible.