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Creating A Dyslexia-Friendly Workplace

Creating a dyslexia-friendly workplace not only helps support existing dyslexic staff but can even make your business stand out and attract new employees from a wider pool of talent. Being dyslexia-friendly means a mixture of practice, assistance, and understanding across the whole workplace. However, it is not as difficult as it sounds, and these four quick tips will go a long way to making sure your workplace is dyslexia-friendly.


  • Nominate dyslexia experts


Nominate members of staff who have a good understanding of dyslexia to act as experts to support staff with dyslexia. Having someone with a good understanding of the condition will help ease the pressure of having to speak up and address any issues when needed.


  • Educate Employees


It shouldn’t just be down to your chosen dyslexia experts to offer support and understanding for employees with learning difficulties. Instead look to educate and train all staff about the effects of dyslexia and create a supportive culture. Supporting dyslexic employees will lower stress and could help prevent absenteeism. Not only can a supportive environment prevent these negative effects but it will allow your dyslexic employees to thrive so you can draw on their particular skills and talents, such as creative thinking and a different perspective in the workplace.


  • Assistive Technology

Assistive technology can help offer practical support to dyslexic staff, but why stop there? You could consider implementing assistive technology across your business so as not to single out dyslexic staff while also allowing others to use the tech to improve their own performance. Vocendi offer a range of assistive technology solutions that you could use, which are tailored to your own specific needs, rather than a one-size-fits-all approach.


  • Promote


Finally, don’t be afraid to promote yourself as a dyslexia-friendly employer. Let your staff know that there is assistive technology available – especially during the recruitment and induction process. Make your support part of your culture rather than something ‘special’ for specific staff. Make it clear that you are dyslexia-friendly and you will not only offer support for existing staff but can also encourage recruitment from a wider talent pool than other employers.


Maintenance Loans Replacing Grants – But What Does This Mean For D.S.A.?

George Osbourne has announced that Maintenance grants are to be replaced by Maintenance Loans for university students. Those full-time students who start their course after 1st of August 2016 (including those who deferred entry from 2015/16) will no longer be eligible for a Maintenance Grant.

Instead, students will be able to apply for a Maintenance Loan to help with living costs in a move that is intended to simplify student finance. Jo Johnson, Minister for Universities and Science explained that the new loans meant that students on low incomes would be eligible for more money with a maximum loan that is 10.3% higher than the combined support offered by grants and loans for those attending university from the 2015/ 16 academic year.

The new loans will replace Special Support Grants, with the amount of the new loans to be determined by where students live or study. The first part of the loan isn’t tied to household income, but students can apply for more that is. The repayment terms have not changed either, with students not having to repay anything until they are earning over £21,000 per year.

Students who have already begun their courses will still be able to claim their Maintenance Grant or Special Support Grant. Tuition fees will remain unaffected by these changes, with universities still able to charge up to £9,000 per year, while students will also still be able to get a loan to cover this cost. Again, the tuition fee loans do not need to be repaid until a graduate is earning more than £21,000 per year.

The move away from Maintenance Grants will not affect the help available for students with children or a disability. Students will still be able to claim Disabled Students’ Allowance and these are not to be paid back unless the student drops out of their course early.

The same goes for those who apply for a Childcare Grant to help them pay for childcare while studying, which only needs to be repaid if a student leaves their course early. Additionally, Parents’ Learning Allowances and Adult Dependants’ Grants are still available for those eligible to receive them.

Finally, those students who are hard up can apply for financial assistance from their university or college via a scholarship or bursary, where available.

So, while Maintenance Grants look to be a thing of the past, D.S.A. is unaffected (for now at least!).