Union Learning Representatives (ULRs) have received requests form members asking if support can be found to help those with Dyslexic Tendencies.
In many cases this may be the first time that the individual has suggested that they have a learning difficulty, this may be due them being Dyslexic. FBU Learning has obtained a licence for the use of a screening tool called QUICKSCAN® that offers individuals the opportunity to carry-out an online Dyslexia assessment and also provides information on the adoption of particular learning styles that may help them to overcome learning difficulties.
The video below was made by members of West Midlands Fire Service. All of them are professional, successful individuals, all are also dyslexic, they are not the kind of people who you would expect to be dyslexic, they are not the usual suspects. They bravely volunteered to speak openly about their dyslexia for some this was the first time they have openly spoken about the challenges they have faced and overcome due to dyslexia. Please take time to watch and be inspired by their stories, they would wish you to share this others so that their efforts can have the widest impact possible
Individuals can only access the QUICKSCAN® screening tool with one of the trained FBU Dyslexia Support Advisors (DSA). Names and contacts details of DSAs can be found by following the link towards the end of this page.This will ensure that each individual Assessment is carried out and interpreted correctly. It also means that, if it indicates possible Dyslexia, then the individual will be able to discuss their next steps with their DSA.
Used correctly QUICKSCAN® will provide an instant analysis of the individual's probability of having Dyslexia.
Before taking the assessment please take the time to read the attached Dyslexia Information Guidance Document and, importantly, discuss the outcome with your Dyslexia Support Advisor.
Finally, ALL DATA information is CONFIDENTIAL and, unless the individual agrees, will NOT be shared with other individuals, managers or employers.
If you feel you may be Dyslexic and wish to take the assessment then you need to do the following:
NOTE: UNDER THE DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION ACT 1995 (AMENDED 2005) THE EMPLOYERS DO NOT HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO APPLY THE ACT IF THEY HAVE NOT BEEN MADE AWARE OF THE DISABILITY.
FOLLOWING SCREENING, AND, IF THE OUTCOME SHOWS AN INDICATION OF DYSLEXIA, FBU MEMBERS WILL NEED TO GIVE DUE CONSIDERATION OF INFORMING THEIR EMPLOYER.
Finally, before you go any further please take the time to read the following documents:
Further Information on the QUICKSCAN® screening tool