Adults with dyslexia benefit enormously from using technology and receiving extra time to complete tasks, according to NHS Choices. Providing people with dyslexia with voice recognition software, digital recorders, electronic organizers and mind maps can help them learn and work more comfortably.
Allowing people with dyslexia to use a multisensory approach, such as recording a lecture and then listening to it while reading notes, can aid in tasks requiring learning and memory, states NHS Choices. Using visual representations of information, such as a mind map, instead of writing down a list can be very helpful as well. Employers should provide their employees with extra time to complete more difficult tasks and be willing to adjust instructions and data to more accessible formats.
Adults with dyslexia may also be interested in attending support groups and meetings that not only provide tips on how to manage dyslexia in the workplace but allow people to share their experiences, writes Liz Attebery for The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity. Kent Sinclair, a Boston lawyer, was able to start a group that attracted members all over the United States who pinpointed the lack of resources and supports for adults. One major problem is older adults not diagnosed as children are often unaware of the community open to them and the resources available.