CSP poll shows dyslexia causes barriers to work and study

CSP poll shows dyslexia causes barriers to work and study

In a Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) survey that polled 65 people with dyslexia or who deal with others with the learning disability, results showed that over half of these people reported barriers in working and studying.

Some of the blockages, detailed by 54 per cent of the respondents, included the negative attitudes of other people, an excessive amount of time to accommodate the necessary changes they need and an absence of time needed to administer these changes, reports CSP.org.uk.

One of the respondents who took part in the survey said: "I requested an access to work assessment, which was refused and they tried to put me on competency due to the speed of my written work affecting my caseload."

Another one said that they were told that there wasn't adequate time for them to have an individual learning plan. As such, they weren't able to study at a comfortable pace, which led to a negative emotional impact of the problems of dyslexia.

A student who took part in the poll commented that they had to hand in essays and work earlier than their peers in order to get their work cross-referenced and checked by a dyslexia tutor.

This student said that they felt demoralised by being so different from their fellow classmates and also were under more pressure to work harder. Despite this, they said that often, they still ended up with lower grades than their peers.

In a statement in the poll, they stated: "I cry a lot. I feel stupid. I work weekends and evenings and I still don't make the grade, it's demoralising."

With the findings, the CSP Disabled Member's Network will host a study day to discuss ways that changes can be made to help people with dyslexia.

This event will be held in London on 12th July and it aims to be a positive and proactive approach, according to the convenor of the network Cliff Towson.