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People with dyslexia can bring unique strengths and advantages to the workplace

September 15, 2023

This is an excerpt of an article written for The Conversation by Sarah Rahimi, PhD candidate in Business Administration and Management in the John Molson School of Business.

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Dyslexia is the most common learning disability in the world, and up to 15 to 20 per cent of the population has a language-based learning disability. If you don’t have dyslexia yourself, you likely know someone who does.

Dyslexia is characterized by difficulties with reading, writing and spelling. Like other learning disabilities, people with dyslexia process information and learn differently.

Though learning disabilities are often characterized as a childhood issue, they are lifelong conditions that follow people into the workplace. People with dyslexia find it harder to find jobs and they often experience challenges once they are hired because of their learning disability.

Dyslexia can result in challenges with organization, time management, reading and writing, effective communication and comprehending complicated instructions. These challenges can be compounded if companies don’t have accommodations in place for people with disabilities.

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.


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