Category Archives: dyslexia

Awareness Training Testimonial

Awareness Training Testimonial from a Housing Support Charity we recently worked with.



‘I just wanted, again, to extend our thanks for providing the awareness session to the team least week; some of the attendees have given feedback which I thought you might like to hear it:


“I found it interesting, I will be asking schools for more support for young people and Dyslexia as the lady mentioned every school should now have a member of staff trained in this.”


“I thought the training […]

Positive Assessment goes International

At Genius Within we’ve always ensured that our diagnostic assessments highlight strengths, as well as weaknesses.  This is really important, because you cannot be diagnosed with a neurodiverse condition without strengths.

What?  YES.

You cannot be diagnosed with a neurodiverse condition without strengths.

ALL neurodiverse conditions have strengths [see our infographic for more info].

When making a diagnosis, we plot all the different test results on a graphic and look for specific difficulties.  We can’t see difficulties, if there are no strengths!  The […]

Starbucks dyslexia discrimination – what might have worked better?

The story about Starbucks being found guilty of disability discrimination has been in the news recently (click here).

We work with lots of employees and organisations are struggling with dyslexia – the role isn’t working out and no one knows what to do!  Avoiding a tribunal is the most important outcome and finding a way forward is possible.

I asked our Director of Coaching, Cheryl Winter, what she would have recommended to Starbucks if we had been involved.  Cheryl suggested that we […]

Summary of the reasonable adjustment survey results

Further to my post with the full raw data on the reasonable adjustment survey, please see below a table showing the most prevalent adjustments, as well as the different categories of adjustment and how common these are on average.

I’m noting the difference between formal (paid for) and informal (work flow/social/environmental) adjustments.

The categories of adjustments

Employer supportive action

Organisational Assistance

Environmental flexibility

Social Support

Workload flexibility and task discrimination

Assistive Technology

Training and induction adjustments

Coaching support

The full item list in order of most to least prevalent.

Are you able […]

How common are reasonable adjustments for people with dyslexia?

Earlier this year I undertook a survey, to which 214 people responded, to investigate how common reasonable adjustments are for adults with dyslexia, in the workplace.

I was particularly interested in the number of people receiving formal adjustments, such as technology and coaching, and those receiving informal adjustments, such as flexibility in learning new tasks or ability to chose  flexitime.  It is of interest how many formal adjustments exist in relation to services such as Access to Work.  Informal adjustments show […]

When we don’t believe

When we don’t believe

by Alison Blackler, Genius Within Coach


As a coach for Genius Within, I thought I would write a little bit about something that is dear to my heart and something that reminds me how important our work is.  I frequently come across neuro-different clients who do not believe in themselves. They don’t think ‘they are any good’.  In fact, they will quite often report that ‘they are stupid’ and this can be rooted from their experience at school […]

What’s working well in coaching: gaining control over the things that make you stressed

I thought I would take a short pause from encouraging you to make the most of your technology, to talk about Stress Management.

Stress can impact on everyone and can be something that can use up a lot of your concentration, especially if you are also gifted with Neuro Diversity i.e. dyslexia or dyspraxia.

The festive season can be a source of stress for people. There’s a lot to do and organise, between social events and Christmas parties and present buying, you […]

What’s working well in coaching: Using your iPad for flexible working

This series is going to be about getting the most out of portable devices. I am going to start with focusing on getting more from your iPad or iPhone.

A good way to make sure you have the latest copy of your documents on all of your devices is to use a cloud storage solution.

Cloud storage means that your documents are securely stored on a remote computer and can be synchronised to any device you connect to your account.  You can […]

Results from the Memory Genius Pilot so far….


In 2014, Genius Within CIC were commissioned to deliver two pilot courses addressing the needs of prisoners with working memory difficulties.  Working memory is a fundamental intellectual process, which is affected by dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, head injury substance misuse and more.  Your working memory usually allows you to remember between 5 and 9 things at any one time – for example if someone tells you a telephone number or a series of directions you will notice how many you can […]

Neuroscience can’t answer all our questions about neuro-differences.

I did a literature review a few months ago, looking for examples of research that evaluates different interventions to support adults with dyslexia in the workplace.

I found 4.

Out of 11,117 articles written about dyslexia, since 1995, in the English language..

So what are people researching?  They are researching the biological component of dyslexia.  The majority of the research is neuroscientists scanning the brains of dyslexic people (mainly children) to search for the bit that’s broken.

Now I am a bit in awe […]