Dyslexics
evolve

Adapt, overcome

Arrived at college, high school, university, or your first job, a constant:
Dyslexia is still there!

And every year, new features will require you to adapt more and more. More work, less supervision, choice of orientations, right up to the first job...

But don't be afraid. You've been able to handle it so far. And you know, a dyslexic lives as well and sometimes better than non-dyslexics. You just don't have to be afraid to roll up your sleeves!

Here are some practical tips to help you through all the major stages of your life, from college to your first job.

definition

What is dyslexia?

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What can I do to learn more about my courses?

Dyslexics often suffer from memory problems. They have difficulty fixing information in what is called long-term memory. Learn how to implement memorization strategies, manage your time and identify the learning methods that best suit you.

Learning

Learn your lessons piece by piece, at a regular frequency. Review the achievements often to check.
The goal: to become autonomous in your learning.

Prioritize

Define the information to be learned first, then the secondary information. This will help you to organize yourself in the face of the mass of information to be integrated.

Categorize informations

Sort notions by colours, by domains to learn them more easily. It will also help you to better understand them. Rely on visual aids.

Making mind maps

A mind map is a diagram that reflects the functioning of thought and makes it possible to follow its progress. an example.
Since your understanding is mainly based on visual concepts, making mind maps will help you memorize your lessons. You will be able to classify information more easily.

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How to understand the new subjects on the curriculum?

When you arrive at college or high school, your schedule becomes full and new subjects are added. In many of them, you will have to use reading and writing. You can implement some techniques to succeed in each of them.

Modern languages
Modern languages

  • Use diagrams and tables;
  • Associate words with images;
  • Make pocket-sized cards to keep with you;
  • Record your lessons and listen to them.

History and Geography
History and Geography

  • Make strategic readings and identify contextual clues;
  • Learn keywords and related concepts;
  • Watch films and documentaries on the concepts covered;

Science
Science

  • Make mind maps with the concepts discussed;
  • Make vocabulary sheets;
  • Use software to make diagrams.

help

What help can I get to help me continue my studies?

Some accommodations can help you study despite your dyslexia. However, it will be necessary to have the agreement of your establishment and in some cases, recognition of disability may be necessary.

Overtime time

Overtime time

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Overtime time

As your thinking, reading and writing are often slower, you may have up to 1/3 more time for your exams. This will give you enough time to prepare, proofread and correct yourself.

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Reader Secretary

Reader Secretary

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Reader Secretary

You may have someone by your side to read the statements and explain the instructions. This ensures that you have understood what is being asked of you.

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Word processing software

Word processing software

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Word processing software

You can use this type of software. Especially if your writing becomes more and more difficult over time.

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Correction of your work

Correction of your work

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Correction of your work

You can ask that your work be corrected and proofread before returning it to your teacher.

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careers

Which professions should be favoured?

You will begin to make orientation choices very early on. You can meet with a guidance counsellor at any time. It will help you choose a route where you can use all your skills.

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Can I do any job?

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Of course! Just because you are dyslexic doesn't mean you can't do the work you want.

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Some are harder than others, aren't they?

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No matter what trade you choose, there are some challenges you will have to overcome. Your work environment can be designed to help you overcome your difficulties.

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Are there any professions that dyslexics prefer?

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Yes, among them: artist, educator, teacher, computer scientist, engineer or even nurse. But even in one of these professions, you will have challenges to face and face in writing and reading. Especially for jobs that require a long education.

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I'm afraid of undertaking lengthy studies

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Whether you want to become a surgeon or a psychologist, don't rely on years of study. Today, schools and universities are setting up support systems for students in difficulty. Throughout your journey you can be accompanied.

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How do I prepare for my first job?

Finding your first job is often stressful... for everyone!
Do you have to talk about your dyslexia? How can it be overcome?
You can ask to be recognized as a person with a disability in order to have access to accommodations specific to your situation.

Do I have to talk about my dyslexia?

First of all, rest assured. It is against the law to refuse a person on the grounds of disability. It is therefore advised to talk about his troubles when applying. If you think it's not necessary given the position you can keep it to yourself. However, as job descriptions are subject to change, if your employer knows nothing about your problems, he will not be able to put in place the necessary accommodations to your evolution. From the situations that put you in difficulty can be avoided by your honesty about your dyslexia.

This step can be stressful for everyone. To avoid unnecessary anxiety you can:

  • Locate the location of your interview the day before.
  • Arrive a little early to have time to relax beforehand.
  • Find out how long the interview will last and who will be present. You will be able to rhythm your answers and know when to ask questions on the points you think are important to address.
  • Prepare to talk about your dyslexia. Take the opportunity to highlight your strong points: work ethic, perseverance, adaptability.

That's it, you just got a job.
Learn about the tasks that will be assigned to you, identify those that will cause you problems and find solutions to overcome them.

    In most cases, the difficulties you will encounter will be:
  • Filling in the form;
  • Writing reports, letters....;
  • Presentations to be made;
  • Not missing appointments
    But you can easily overcome them by implementing some techniques:
  • Read the words slowly;
  • Break down sentences into shorter sentences;
  • Read the texts for the first time to get an idea;
  • Filing and labelling binders and documents;
  • Make lists of tasks to be accomplished in order.

Apply for a job

Do I have to talk about my dyslexia?

First of all, rest assured. It is against the law to refuse a person on the grounds of disability. He is so it is advisable to talk about your problems when applying. If you think it is not necessary in view of the desired position, you can keep it to yourself. However, job descriptions are likely to to evolve, if your employer does not know anything about your problems, he will not be able to implement the accommodations necessary for your evolution. Situations that put you in difficulty can be avoided by your honesty with regard to your dyslexia.

Prepare the interview

This step can be stressful for everyone. To avoid unnecessary anxiety you can:

  • Locate the location of your interview the day before.
  • Arrive a little early to have time to relax beforehand.
  • Find out how long the interview will last and who will be present. You will be able to rhythm your answers and know when to ask questions on the points you think are important to address.
  • Prepare to talk about your dyslexia. Take the opportunity to highlight your strong points: work ethic, perseverance, adaptability.

First day of work

That's it, you just got a job.
Learn about the tasks that will be assigned to you, identify those that will cause you problems and find solutions to overcome them.

    In most cases, the difficulties you will encounter will be:
  • Filling in the form;
  • Writing reports, letters....;
  • Presentations to be made;
  • Not missing appointments
    But you can easily overcome them by implementing some techniques:
  • Read the words slowly;
  • Break down sentences into shorter sentences;
  • Read the texts for the first time to get an idea;
  • Filing and labelling binders and documents;
  • Make lists of tasks to be accomplished in order.

courage!

Optimism!

Stay positive!
Stay positive!
    You have understood, from the 6th grade to working life, you will need:
  • courage
  • optimism
  • work
  • combativity

Which also means that you start out in life with some great weapons (that others don't necessarily have)!

Life is ahead of you, it's up to you!

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