Gary Fitzgibbon, BA, MSc, PGCE, COccPsychol, is a chartered occupational psychologist with many years' experience of providing a wide range of psychological services to individuals and organisations. Gary developed an interest in adult dyslexia at the end of the 1980s, from which time he has been very active in the field. Although a busy occupational psychologist whose interests lie more in solving practical organisational problems than in academic psychology, Gary has nevertheless given numerous talks and presentations on adult dyslexia, including presentations at international conferences in the UK and the USA; he co-authored the book, Adult Dyslexia: Assessment, Counselling and Training, a successful and authoritative work viewed by many as the first significant book on adult dyslexia.
Gary and his colleagues have developed a comprehensive range of exercises and training programmes to enable adult dyslexics to function efficiently in the world of work, and many hundreds of adult dyslexics have found that the training provided by Fitzgibbon Associates, the organisation Gary established in 1980, has been the key to their success in employment. An important element of the work he does in adult dyslexia is the promotion of positive perceptions of adult dyslexia as a condition distinct from child dyslexia and one that requires input from work psychology, in contrast to the more traditional educational psychology emphasis.
In addition to adult dyslexia, Gary is active in other areas of work psychology, including creativity in organisations, retirement psychology, stress risk assesment, stress management, counselling, psychological assessment and memory development. Gary has been interviewed in his areas of interest numerous times for local and national newspapers, magazines, radio and television.
Brian O'Connor, BA, MSc, CQSW, PGDipSocRes, PGCE, is a counsellor and qualified social worker. In addition to substantial practical experience as a social worker, Brian has a background in education where, as a senior lecturer in social work, his responsibilities included training social workers and providing workshops on a range of topics in the general area of disabilities.
In his time in the world of education, Brian was involved with many different client groups, including dyslexic adults and children, offenders, health professionals and managers from the world of business and commerce. He designed and presented many courses on topics related to disabilities in the work environment, and, drawing on his own wide work experience, which, as well as education and social work, includes regular military service,