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Farming with Dyslexia

FWD LogoIn 2014, NFU Scotland launched a campaign to support farmers, crofters and people working in land-based industries with dyslexia.

Figures suggest that dyslexia could be much higher in farming communities than it is in the general population. As farming is an industry that typically involves lots of day-to-day paperwork and form-filling, it is important that help and support is there for those who need it.

We believe that nobody should feel disempowered to further their career in agriculture because of a lack of confidence in their capabilities due to dyslexia.

A short video on our campaign can be found here: https://youtu.be/8VG86RdlKVY

What is dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a learning difficulty recognised under the Equalities Scotland Act 2010. It is hereditary.

The dyslexic brain is wired differently to the non-dyslexic brain resulting in some big positives as well as some big challenges:

Dyslexia Advantages and Disadvantages

What are the aims of the campaign?

A Farming with Dyslexia Working Group has been established with three main objectives:

  • Raise awareness of dyslexia to reduce the stigma and promote the abilities of dyslexic individuals which are of great benefit to the agriculture industry
  • Engage with the Scottish Government and other stakeholders to ensure measures to recognise dyslexia among the farming community are appropriate.
  • Ensure systems of communication with regulatory bodies are more accessible for dyslexic farmers and crofters with a choice of delivery options

The members of the working group are:

  • NFU Scotland
  • Scottish Government
  • Dyslexia Scotland
  • The Crofting Commission
  • SRUC
  • SAYFC
  • Forestry Commission Scotland
  • RSABI
  • Dyslexic farmers and crofters

Helpful links and information

For more information, please call NFU Scotland’s Farming with Dyslexia helpline on 07775 804717.

NFU Scotland’s Best Practice in Communications Guide can be downloaded here.

The Dyslexia Scotland website has a huge amount of information, in visual and audio format, which may help you. View the website here: www.dyslexiascotland.org.uk

Further resources from Dyslexia Scotland:

Assessments for Adults: http://www.dyslexiascotland.org.uk/sites/default/files/library/assessmentsforadults.pdf

Advice for employees: http://www.dyslexiascotland.org.uk/sites/default/files/library/employees_guide.pdf

Advice for employers: http://www.dyslexiascotland.org.uk/sites/default/files/library/employers_guide.pdf

Access to Work:

An Access to Work grant can pay for practical support in the workplace if you have dyslexia or another disability or health or mental health condition.
How much you get depends on your circumstances, but the money doesn’t have to be paid back.

More information is online at: https://www.gov.uk/access-to-work/overview



 

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