The Dyslexia Association’s new chair focuses on dyslexia in the workplace

Richard Brown has been a supporter of the Nottingham-based Dyslexia Association for the last 6 years and in 2016 he officially took the post as Chair in a bid to develop the association to provide further support to people with dyslexia and their families.

After having created coping strategies to facilitate his own dyslexia, Brown forged a successful career in sales, which led to management roles within the motor trade. Like many dyslexics, Brown has a strong entrepreneurial streak which led him to setting up many successful businesses. It is this passion for success in business that has led him to focus on supporting the Dyslexia Association in the commercial sector given that traditional grant funding has diminished.

“It has taken an extremely long time, but perceptions are finally changing. Thanks to many high-profile entrepreneurs, such as Jo Malone, not only talking about her dyslexia, but actually praising it for contributing to her success, we can finally start to see dyslexia in a positive light. However, as much talent as someone with dyslexia has, businesses need to be mindful of supporting the individual to really see them flourish in the workplace, as well as in life itself.”

Julie Logan, emeritus professor of entrepreneurship at Cass Business School, in London, says that 20% of the UK’s business self-starters have dyslexia. She then compared the traits, attributes and early experiences of people who identified as dyslexic from a sample of entrepreneurs who were not dyslexic and found that people with dyslexia tend to compensate for things they can’t do well by developing excellence in other areas: oral communication, delegation, as well as problem-solving and people management. Source: The Guardian

People with dyslexia have a lot to give on a commercial level but businesses may need support in helping these employees reach their full potential. The Dyslexia Association helps businesses do just that with a team of specialists that can help create a support network that is tailored to suit the needs and resources of the business and designed to improve the efficiency and performance of these employees in the work environment. Funding may also be available via the government’s Access To Work scheme.

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