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Dyslexia

Find out about the support and services available if you have, or suspect you have, dyslexia

I have dyslexia, how can I get support with running my creative business?

Dyslexia can be more common among creative people and entrepreneurs. 23% of our clients told us they had dyslexia or another specific learning difficulty.  

We can help you with business advice over the phone or face-to-face. You can record our conversation with you, or we will do it for you if you tell us in advance you’d like us to do that. 

It’s a good idea to take note of what tasks or situations you find particularly challenging and share these with support organisations like us. Everyone with dyslexia or other conditions (like dysgraphia) experience them differently. It will help others to support you if they know specifically what is an issue for you. 

Watch as Martin McDonnell, Founder and Chairman of Soluis, talks about running a business with dyslexia, recognising his weaknesses, playing to his strengths and his advice for others in the same position

Dyslexia Scotland can help and advise you about your dyslexia. Listen to this audio introduction by Cathy Magee, Chief Executive of Dyslexia Scotland, on the support and services available to you:

Thinking of funding? 

You are entitled to equal access to things under the Equality Act 2010. So, if you need support when making applications, the funder is obliged to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ for those with dyslexia or similar needs. That doesn’t mean they’ll let you submit your information any way you want, but they will have an option they can offer you. 

Reasonable adjustment has to be something the organisation can afford so what they can offer varies. They might offer you a scribe or an extended deadline. Very occasionally there may be an option to submit a verbal application either in person or as a recording. 

Ironically funders also have to be careful they don’t give you an advantage over other applicants so they’re unlikely to let you be interviewed by the funding panel i

Further information

Dyslexia Scotlandoffer advice and guidance on dyslexia-related issues in Scotland. Helpline enquiries can be made by telephone, email or webchat. 

Looking for sound advice and/or a sounding board?

Contact us to organise a meeting with one of our experienced and friendly creative industry advisors.