Monthly Dyslexia News Digest – June 2019

In the headlines

3 June 2019

The Dyslexia Show is coming to Birmingham’s NEC next year on 20th and 21st March.  The free exhibition focussing on education, parents and carers and the workplace will deliver a range of resources and services along with inspirational speakers and CPD-accredited sessions.  The show’s director and founder, Arran Smith, intends the exhibition to raise awareness and share best practice.

5 June 2019

Another piece of HR research, this time conducted by Willis Towers Watson, has found that one third of businesses are failing to support neurodiverse workers.  Employees with dyslexia, dyscalculia and/or Asperger’s receive no additional support.  The report suggests that companies should hold workshops to raise awareness and offer workplace adjustments.  Companies should embrace the perspectives and value that neurodivergent employees could bring.

13 June 2019

A Sheffield Employment Tribunal has ruled that Shelter must pay £28,000 to James Bullers for unfairly dismissing him from his role as a helpline worker at the charity.  He worked as a phone line advisor before joining the instant-messaging webchat service.  He was removed from that job role because Shelter did not feel his written skills were good enough.  Mr Bullers was subsequently diagnosed with dyslexia and Shelter was found to not have complied with their duties towards him under the Equality Act.

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