Adults with learning disorders such as dyslexia and dysgraphia can be very successful in their chosen careers, with the right level of support, and the use of several strategies that can help minimise the effect of their learning challenges. Individuals have the right to make decisions about whether they should disclose to an employer that they have a learning disorder. Under current legislation, individuals with learning disorders are eligible for workplace accomodations and appropriate adjustments where the presence of a learning disorder has been disclosed to an employer.  

Adults with learning disorders may like to consider a number of accommodations at work that are designed to encourage access to equal opportunities and to demonstrate their abilities more accurately. Accommodations need not compromise work output and are designed to reduce the impact  that a learning disorder may have on their overall work performance.

Some example accomodations include:
  • Access to assistive technology and specialist software to cope with a high reading or writing load;
  • Additional repetition of task instructions or the provision of written instructions;
  • Strategies to assist with organisation and planning;
  • Colour coded materials and resources; and,
  • Access to a mentor, particularly when learning a new role or position.

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