Tag Archives: dyslexia

Twittering on about #neurodiversity and #inclusion

I’ve come across this amazing network on twitter called ‘AXSChat’, who promote disability inclusion in the workplace.
Each Tuesday they feature an interviewee and then host a twitter chat at 3pm NYC / 8pm London to debate the issues.
Usually reaches a couple of thousand tweets per week.
It is hosted by the Head of Digital Inclusion for ATOS, Neil Milliken, Antonio Santos Social Media Evangelist for ATOS and Debra Ruh CEO of Ruh Global .

On the 13th June 2017 I am the […]

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 […]

“You have a right to take up your own space in this world, and to put into it both your difficulties and your talents”

The title of this blog is a quote from Dr Sylvia Moody and we were sad to learn of her passing this week.

2017 has also taken from the world Jenny Silk, teacher, coach and inspirational woman, whose life’s work embodied Sylvia’s quote.

Though they did not meet, these two women were matched in values, and spoke of the same ideals.  They were fundamental to the development of Genius Within, from a very early stage, they helped nurture a young company, supported our […]

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 […]

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
50.08%

Organisational Assistance
49.53%

Environmental flexibility
46.9%

Social Support
41.21%

Workload flexibility and task discrimination
39.96%

Assistive Technology
37.95%

Training and induction adjustments
32.36%

Coaching support
25.22%

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 […]

Results from the Memory Genius Pilot so far….

Introduction

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 […]