[Listen] 'Don't be afraid to reveal your dyslexia to your employer'

Sharon Gerken from Dyslexic Association of South Africa has spoken to CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies about some of the challenges people with dyslexia face in their everyday lives.

Dyslexia is a learning disability which is characterized by the brain's inability to process numbers and letters.

Gerken's own son was diagnosed at age 11, he is now 26 and a qualified mechanical engineer, lecturer and Masters student.

Gerken is encouraging people with dyslexia to declare their condition to employers.

If we as dyslexics acknowledge [to employers] that we are dyslexic and we need longer time to read and answer emails they are generally OK with it, as long we are upfront about it.

Sharon Gerken from Dyslexic Association of South Africa

Gerken also touched on coping mechanisms that people with dyslexia can put in place in order to cope with everyday demands.

She says writing lists can help with memory retention.

Gerken's son Horst spoke about his experience growing up with dyslexia, which he admits was a challenge.

The big problem is that I am smart, but then people look at my marks and dont understand what's going on.

Horst Gerken, diagnosed with dyslexia

To hear more of the conversation about dyslexia, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : [Listen] 'Don't be afraid to reveal your dyslexia to your employer'


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