[LISTEN] How best to support employees with dyslexia

It's estimated that around one in ten South Africans are living with dyslexia, which means a huge percentage of the country's workforce is affected by this often misunderstood condition.

So-called 'hidden disabilities' can be difficult to deal with in the workplace and many people are reluctant to disclose the condition through fear of stigma.

CEO of the I Can Help Africa Training Institute (ICHAF), Devan Moonsamy, explains how workplaces can become more accommodating for people with dyslexia.

People with dyslexia often have massive strengths, particularly in the area of good memory, special awareness, intelligence, and understanding physics as well.

Devan Moonsamy, CEO of the ICHAF Training Institute

If somebody does have dyslexia, a very administrative job that requires a hell of a lot of reading can possibly turn the person off from applying for that position. Whereas I am saying, sometimes organisations can be a little more accommodating and supportive.

Devan Moonsamy, CEO of the ICHAF Training Institute

Moonsamy suggests organisations adopt a typeface for dyslexia - OpenDyslexic is a free font designed to mitigate some of the common reading errors caused by the condition.

I would say that this should become mandatory for most organisations...to have a level of awareness...then people become a little more open and transparent.

Devan Moonsamy, CEO of the ICHAF Training Institute

Caller Gareth is dyslexic and described what some of his particular strengths are.

I am very good with my visual and audio learning to the point where most of the time when you say something once to me I remember it and the job I work in...I find that a great advantage. Earlier on in my career it was a bit of a struggle in terms of reporting to my managers, I struggled with that when they thought I was not doing the work when I could do the work better than most of my counterparts.

Gareth, caller

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