Do I Disclose my Dyslexia?

Working out when (and if) you disclose your Dyslexia can be stressful. We are asked a lot about whether, and when, you should disclose – and our answer is always the same: It’s up to you. You are the one disclosing something personal about you, so you should only do it when you are comfortable with it. That being said, here are 3 tips for you to think about as you make your decision:

Not declaring your Dyslexia before an interview or assessment centre might put you at a disadvantage if there are some tests or written examinations. If you declare before this process, you should get reasonable adjustments for your needs. If you tell an employer, they have a duty to make reasonable adjustments so there is no disadvantage to other employees. Reasonable adjustments include:

  • making adjustments to the buildings where you work, for example ensuring you’re able to get around if you’re in a wheelchair
  • being flexible about your hours because your Dyslexia means you don’t sleep well, and need to come in later.
    providing modified equipment, such as assistive technology.
  • moving you to lighter or less demanding work , or moving you to areas of work where you excel“When you’re looking for work, look on adverts and application forms for either:
  • the ‘disability confident’ symbol
  • The ‘positive about disabled people’ symbol (with 2 ticks)
    Both symbols mean the employer is committed to employing disabled people.

If a job advert displays either symbol, you’ll be guaranteed an interview if you meet the basic conditions for the job.” – Gov.uk website.

The NHS says that an employer can only ask questions about health or disability when:

  • they are trying to find out if you need reasonable adjustments for the recruitment process, such as for an assessment or an interview
  • they are trying find out if you (whether you are a disabled person or not) can take part in an assessment as part of the recruitment process, including questions about reasonable adjustments for this purpose
  • they are asking the questions for monitoring purposes
  • they want to make sure that any applicant who is disabled can benefit from any measures aimed at improving disabled people’s employment rates, such as the guaranteed interview scheme
  • the questions relate to a requirement to vet applicants for the purposes of national security
  • the question relates to a person’s ability to carry out a function that is absolutely fundamental to that job
  • There are some jobs that have medical requirements – for example, there are certain jobs you may not be able to do if you are colour blind. This is because certain jobs – such as pilots, train drivers, electricians and air traffic controllers – require accurate colour recognition. This will make it necessary to disclose your medical condition.

Support for this can be found in a number of places, including the Citizens Advice Bureaux, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the NHS, and from us here at Exceptional Individuals.

We are happy to offer free disclosure advice and guidance to all our candidates.

We cover:

  • How to approach disclosing your dyslexia.
  • When is a good time to disclose your dyslexia to your employer
  • Does the employer already have a good understanding about dyslexia
  • What is the right method for you personally

Please call us on 0208 133 6046 to find out more or alternatively fill out the form below.