Dealing with Dyslexia


Disability History Month takes place from Wednesday 18 November until Friday 18 December. It is observed annually with an objective to promote an awareness of disability issues, the fundamental rights of disabled people and integration of disabled people into mainstream society.

There are 10.8 million disabled people in Britain, representing around 20% of the population. The Service continues to work proactively to ensure the employment opportunities are accessible to everyone.

More than 2 million people in the UK are affected by the hidden disability, dyslexia.

Martin Willford and Gary Wilson, Watch Managers at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, speak out about their experience with dyslexia.

Martin was diagnosed with dyslexia at eight years old which has meant that throughout his school life and career, he has been able to get any additional help and support he may need.

Martin said: "When I joined the fire Service in 2005, I found my own strategies on how to deal with my dyslexia but kept it to myself.

"I became more confident about it when going for promotion, with the support from senior managers and the aid of engagement and coaching. The Organisational Development and Inclusion Team helped me overcome any challenges that I would face."

At NFRS, we are a disability confident accredited employer and are committed to ensuring a supportive work environment is provided for disabled employees. As part of this commitment a few examples of actions the service takes include: we deliver practical disability equality training and dyslexia awareness training, and make reasonable adjustments where possible to assist an employee in their working environment.

Gary Wilson didn't find out he had dyslexia until he started working for Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service. Watch him tell his story, not only about the barriers he has overcome but also how his dyslexia empower him.


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