There are many adults whose dyslexia is only discovered much later in life and others who simply don’t realise they are dyslexic.
Knowing is important – it is only when you understand your dyslexia that you can find the right help and maximise your potential.
Croydon Dyslexia Association offers advice, information and help to dyslexic people, their families and the professionals who support them.
Indicators of Dyslexia:
- Making mistakes when writing cheques
- Confusing telephone numbers and PIN numbers
- Poor spelling
- Mixing up dates and times
- Difficulty completing forms
- Confusing bus numbers i.e. 95 and 59
- Difficulty saying months of year
- Difficulty telling left from right
- Reading a page from a book takes longer
- Difficulty with reading and saying long words
Problems with several of the above may possibly be an indicator of dyslexia.
If you think you may be dyslexic, you may wish to consider having an assessment. A number of local organisations offering Dyslexia Assessments are listed on the ‘Useful Links’ page of this website.
CALAT: Language and Literacy Support (for those on CALAT accredited courses only). CALAT offers individual language and literacy support to help learners complete their courses successfully. This includes support with writing assignments. For more information call 020 8726 7777 Option 1.
Free careers service – independent advice, guidance and support www.calat.ac.uk/learningcurves
CALAT Central Croydon Centre, Croydon Clocktower, Katharine Street, Croydon
020 8604 7040 drop-in Monday – Friday 9 am-4 pm
Assistance with driving tests: Theory and practical. DVLC Tel: 0870 600 0301 Website: www.gov.uk/driving-theory-test/if-you-have-special-needs
Disabled student allowance for dyslexia: DSA website: www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas/overview
British Dyslexia Association: Website: www.bdadyslexia.org.uk Helpline: 0845 251 9002
Helpline 0333 405 4567. Opening times: 10 am – 12.30 and 1 pm – 4 pm Mondays to Fridays.
Closed Wednesday afternoons. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adult Dyslexia Association: Website: www.adult-dyslexia.org Tel: 0207 924 9559
London Adult Support Group: Tel: 020 8870 1407
Access to Work: Website: www.yourdsa.com/atw/contactcentres/. Free advice service provided by the UK Government that can help you to introduce adjustments to your workplace to help you cope with your dyslexia.
Ongoing Research Project:
Dyslexia and Workplace Adjustments and Support
Nancy Doyle, a Chartered Psychologist, is carrying out research for a PhD on ‘Dyslexia and Workplace Adjustments and Support’ and she is looking for people with dyslexia who are employed, including those who are self-employed.
If this applies to you, please consider filling in a questionnaire about the kind of workplace adjustments or accommodations which operate for you.
The questionnaire takes about 30 minutes to complete. Nancy needs at least 200 people, but the results will help her to make better recommendations about adjustments and which ones are most effective, particularly in advising employers and Access to Work. The link to the questionnaire is www.surveymonkey.com/r/26BL368
Nancy has written an article about ‘Using Coaching to improve Dyslexia and Dyspraxia in the Workplace’ www.bps.org.uk/system/files/documents/nancy_doyle_web_0.pdf
More information about CDA?
Phone: 0333 111 00 66 (evenings and weekends until 9pm)
Registered Charity No. 289947 (A member of the British Dyslexia Association)