The Positive Impact of Dyslexia in the Workplace

The Positive Impact of Dyslexia in the Workplace

The Gibraltar Dyslexia Support Group (GDSG) yesterday held a seminar on the Positive Impact of Dyslexia in the workplace at John Macintosh Hall, educating the over 200 audience members who attended.

The seminar, held from 9am to midday, focused on letting people know of the positives and strengths that Dyslexic people have. 

The event saw three prominent Speakers, starting with The Governor Lieutenant General Edward Davis who himself is Dyslexic, Kate Griggs who launched the ‘Made By Dyslexia’ charity alongside Sir Richard Branson and Benjamin Cooke who is a Senior Strategy Consultant at EY Gibraltar who played a big part in ‘The Value of Dyslexia,’ a video which was shown to the participants of the seminar.

Dyslexia is a language based learning disability that affects the organisation in the brain that controls the ability to process the way language is heard, spoken, read or spelled. Dyslexia can also manifest in difficulties with working memory, attention and organisation. It is important to keep in mind that people with Dyslexia are not lacking in motivation or intelligence, in fact, they are typically average to above average in intelligence.

Dyslexia is fairly common and is estimated that between 5-10% of the population has Dyslexia.