Dyslexia in Adults: Education and Employment

Dyslexia in Adults: Education and Employment

Dyslexia in Adults: Education and Employment

Dyslexia in Adults: Education and Employment


What is dyslexia and hown is it assessed in adults? What is the most appropriate training for those who work with dyslexic people?
This comprehensive guide is for professionals working with adults with dyslexia in the learning and working environment. It uses practical definitions and offers advice that can be understood by professionals and employers with little or no previous understanding of dyslexia.
Dyslexia in Adults: Education and Employment covers key aspects of learning in adults with dyslexia, including individual profiles, strengths and difficulties, the role of the tutor, course design, assessment and method of teaching, as well as providing a number of support strategies. Case studies highlights the needs of employers and dyslexic adults in the workplace and give examples of good practice.
An invaluable text for teachers and practitioners in the field of dyslexia, adults with dyslexia, employers, and educational and occupational psychologists.
"Adult dyslexics have long been misunderstood. Their considerable talents have often been unrecognized and unrealized. Fortunately all this is changing. With the help of this new book by Gavin Reid and Jane Kirk many will come to see that dealing with difficulties must be balanced by understanding talents." Thomas G. West, Visualisation Research Institute, US National Dyslexia Researc Foundation, and author of In the Mind's Eye
"This book provides factual information for educators, employers and dyslexia adults themselves. The authors tell the truth about the depressing effects of unacknowledged dyslexia, challenging each of us to think in a different way. They send out a clear, strong message: listen to dyslexic people." Joanne Rule, Chief Executive, British Dyslexia Association
"In my opinion this authoritative and well-researched account should be recommended reading for anyone giving vocational guidance to clients with dyslexia or helping them deal with employment or training." Tim Edmonds of the Employment Service


This book has arisen from a need–the need for all adults with dyslexia to be respected and their rights to be recognised as legislation, and even litigation, can only lay a foundation. If effective practices are to emerge, resources need to be provided, attitudes need to change and information needs to be available.

There are many promising areas of progress both in employment and education due to the energies and insights of individuals and groups from independent and voluntary organisations, government services, colleges and universities and dyslexic adults themselves. The purpose of this book is to highlight these areas and ensure that the benefits are known to all.

Despite this progress, the field of dyslexia is still riddled with controversy, conflict and confusion. This book identifies many of these issues and attempts to deal with them in a manner that can be helpful to professionals and adults with dyslexia.

The need for this book has arisen from our experiences, which include (a) assessing and providing support for adults with dyslexia in employment, unemployment and those undertaking study, (b) discussing the needs of employers and government employment agencies, (c) working co-operatively with independent and voluntary organisations, (d) liaising with schools and training organisations and (e) researching activities which identified the widespread nature of these issues and needs in the UK and the USA and indeed in many other countries. We have found these issues to be of world-wide significance and hope that this book will impact on the practices and perceptions of professionals dealing with dyslexia throughout the world.

We are indebted to all with whom we have consulted for their support. They have encouraged us to write this book in which we highlight the . . .

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