Originally published by National Police Autism Association as a guest blog, Texthelper Janice offers advice on how to be more dyslexia-friendly and connect with existing staff.
It’s estimated that as many as 1 in 10 of the population have dyslexia, however the ‘blue light’ sector is thought to have a much higher rate as the classic dyslexic strengths of innovation and practical skills are essential in emergency situations.
Work-related stress is a major concern for police forces, indeed the number of police officers off work with stress has risen by 58% in the last two years – shocking fact.
They, or their superior, may be unaware that the issue is related to their dyslexia; meanwhile the performance management process marches on and relationships suffer.
Becoming a dyslexia-friendly organisation might not be the easiest journey, but it’s one that will bring huge benefits for the Force and its staff. By becoming more dyslexia-friendly you’re not only recognising the unique talents of existing dyslexic employees, but encouraging recruitment from a wider talent pool which reflects the diverse range of people you serve and the communities in which you are based.
Texthelp are working with many blue-light organisations to help provide an inclusive and strategic solution to literacy issues including dyslexia, cognitive disorders and mild visual impairments.
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