Although the need for dyslexia treatment will not wane, dyslexia itself is becoming less of a liability in the workforce as jobs – and their required skillsets – evolve.
As workplaces adapt to a rapidly changing environment, employers are discovering that the skillsets required of good employees are also in flux. According to the World Economic Forum, the demand for many of the skills most impacted by dyslexia, including reading, math and time management, are on the decline as automation surges. Demand for the skills not impacted by dyslexia – and those skills that may result from dyslexia treatment – are on the rise.
Technology design, analytical thinking and leadership are just some of the skills that the World Economic Forum predicts will be in high demand in the workplaces of the future. According to a report commissioned by Made by Dyslexia, those same skills, along with social influence, creativity and initiative are all capabilities and skills frequently seen in people with dyslexia.
Problem-solving, spatial reasoning and abstract thinking as well as analyzation, empathy and narrative reasoning are all areas where people with dyslexia excel, according to the University of Michigan. Those skills can also help them thrive in the workforce.
Business leaders from major companies, including HSBC, Facebook and Microsoft have begun advocating that employers seek out and celebrate workers who have alternative ways of thinking.
“Dyslexic thinkers are often able to see connections that others may miss and create narratives that can simplify complex products or tasks, Steve Hatch, vice president of Northern Europe at Facebook, said in the Made by Dyslexia report. “For organizations to successfully adapt, thrive and access these dyslexic strengths, there needs to be support for and celebration of a change and growth mindset. This mindset itself is a skill in itself and can often be more important than specific areas of expertise.”
People with dyslexia have helped to define – and redefine – the world we live in
One CEO and business leader who doesn’t need to be convinced of the benefit of hiring employees with dyslexia is Richard Branson.
Far from considering dyslexia a liability, the Virgin Galactic founder and Virgin Group visionary credits his own dyslexia for his company’s success. Citing demand for problem solving, creativity and imagination in the jobs of the future, Branson hopes society will learn to support differences in thinking and celebrate neurodiversity.
Branson, who recently made history onboard the Virgin Galactic Unity 22 when it traveled to the edge of space, cites fellow dyslexics Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Steve Jobs as evidence of the imaginations and potential of neurodiversity.
Dyslexia treatment can unlock the potential
While dyslexia may be a benefit for your child in the future, dyslexia treatment will help your child today as they learn to read and process information. The dyslexia treatment methods used by Dyslexia on Demand have been widely proven to be the most effective method for increasing confidence and improving academic success. Contact us today to learn more about the dyslexia treatment available from our team of Certified Academic Language Therapists.