Dyslexia Awareness Week - Criminal Defence Caseworker's Insight

This week has been Dyslexia Awareness Week which is a dear cause to my heart as I was diagnosed with Dyslexia as an adult. 

Being a Criminal Defence caseworker it is imperative for all work to be carried out with precision. Considering cases are based on matters such as Sexual Offences, ​Fraud and Indecent Images to name a few which can carry heavy sentences, it is determination and that makes sure I deliver my work to the highest standard, just as everyone else.  It was only until a friend of mine who works in the legal profession explained that there are many people diagnosed with dyslexia in the legal profession and there are many ways the system can adjust to your needs. 

What is Dyslexia? 

Dyslexia is a common learning difficult that can cause problems with reading, writing and spelling and affects around 10% of the population.

In Greek dyslexia means "difficulty with words." 

It is a "specific learning difficulty" which means it affects certain abilities such as reading and writing. But unlike other learning disability it does not affect intelligence and in fact people believe it helps increase intelligence. 

There are many famous people who have been diagnosed with dyslexia: 

1. Albert Einstein, Physicist 

2. Stephen Spielberg, Director

3. Tom Cruise, Actor

4. Richard Branson, founder and chairman of Virgin 

5. Jamie Oliver, Chef 

And this is only naming a few. 

How it affects you at the work place

The common perception is that all dyslexics always get their "b" and "d" muddled, but that is not true, dyslexia affects you in all variety of ways. For me personally it affects my speed of reading, grammar and spelling but there are so many software, programmes and techniques that can help. 

When I first was diagnosed with dyslexia I was scared and worried, as I was different to everyone else but also relieved that I had finally found out why it took me just that little longer to read that article or to complete a piece of coursework. Keeping busy and focusing on the importance of the outcome of my cases allows me to prevail. Never stop chasing a dream, power through.

I suppose what I am trying to say in this article, is that it does not matter if you are different, you should embrace that you are different but you can still achieve your desired dream, as long as you work hard. 

How to manage dyslexia in the workplace 

The law society made suggestion with regards to how to adjust if your are dyslexic see link below: 

http://www.lawsociety.org..uk/support-services/practice-management/diversity-inclusion/articles/dyslexia-and-the-law/


Written by:

Victoria Gosling - Criminal Defence Caseworker