BDA Organisational Members Event: Positive Dyslexia and Employment

BDA Organisational Members Event: Positive Dyslexia and Employment


Positive Dyslexia and Employment

Resource for London (near Kings Cross)


Revised and Enhanced Agenda

This exciting event is for BDA Organisational Members and other interested parties. It will be a great opportunity for organisations and individuals to learn more about characteristics of successful dyslexics and how best to recruit, support and develop dyslexic employees.

Afternoon Speakers

The afternoon workshops focus on a positive approach to supporting dyslexic employees in the workplace.

Matt Boyd from Exceptional Individuals will be leading a workshop on How to recruit dyslexia employees and their value. Matt shares his approach to identifying and recruiting dyslexic talent through his dyslexia specialist recruitment agency. Exceptional Individuals believe that our economy is missing out on a valuable asset due to current employment practices excluding many dyslexic people despite their proven ability.  Entry to the job market can be a daunting task for applicants with dyslexia, Exceptional Individuals help them overcome key barriers, and work with businesses to create more inclusive workplaces.

Andrew Sutherland joins us from ACAS the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service where he is in Research. Andrew shares his presentation: Neurodiversity at work – Acas research evidence.

Victoria Ahonsi Programme Delivery Co-ordinator for the EY Foundation shares her experiences with Dyslexia a personal perspective. Victoria joined EY as a school leaver and after 3 years working in its Financial Services Practice moved to the firm’s charitable foundation - EY Foundation.

Having discovered her own dyslexia within a few months of joining EY, Victoria will be talking about how her discovery of being dyslexic has impacted her and her life and career so far, as well as her work with the EY Foundation, which helps young people who are disadvantaged in the labour market to find alternative routes into employment, education or enterprise. 

John Levell shares his thoughts on A Different Perspective - Rise of 'Chief Dyslexic Officer'. John is an Associate Partner with EY, the global professional services firm, who specialises in helping organisations with change and innovation powered by technology.   He is also dyslexic and attributes much of his creativity and success to the different perspective dyslexia gives him.

Looking beyond recruitment and reasonable adjustments, John will consider the real value and competitive advantage that organisations can gain when they fully harness the latent talent in their dyslexic people.

There will be the opportunity for discussion and sharing of ideas about how best to encourage dialogue about the potential strengths of dyslexic individuals. As well as helping dyslexics feel empowered to openly disclose their dyslexia and discuss the positive contribution their individual strengths may bring.

Evening Speakers & Networking (6pm to 8.30pm)

Our evening key note speakers present their views on how they see the workplace changing for dyslexic people in 2017 and beyond and what businesses can do to provide greater support to realise the full potential of dyslexic employees.

Margaret Malpas is the Joint Chair of the BDA, following her research, Margaret shares her interpretation on Characteristics of Successful Dyslexics. Margaret spends her time campaigning for a dyslexia friendly world. Margaret founded Malpas Flexible Learning Ltd and Four’s Fun and has 30 years’ experience in HR and Training as well as specialist teacher for adults with dyslexia.

Hector Minto, Senior Technology Evangelist joins us from Microsoft to share his approach on Dyslexia, Technology and Accessibility.  Hector will be discussing how their products (including Office and Windows) can support dyslexic employees in the workplace, as a consequence of their inclusive in-design approach, while also being of benefit to the mainstream.

Ollie Winiberg a Radio Broadcaster for the BBC shares his thoughts on Dyslexia in the work place, self-confidence and coping mechanisms. Ollie presents BBC Essex Introducing , a radio show that showcases emerging and breaking talent. He was spotted by the BBC and trained for radio when he was aged 15 and is believed to be the youngest ever BBC radio presenter.

Margaret Malpas the joint Chair of the BDA will also be speaking about her new book launched in February entitled, ‘Self-fulfilment with dyslexia – a blueprint for success’ that includes Margaret Malpas and other high achievers such as Anna Devin and Lord Addington explaining their ten-step recipe to matching dyslexia with success.

Attendees will then have the opportunity to network and connect with our organisational members and like-minded businesses and individuals.

To attend for the afternoon and evening:
Organisational Member: £20 inclusive of VAT
Non Member: £40 inclusive of VAT
To attend in the evening only:
Organisational Member: £10 inclusive of VAT
Non Member: £15 inclusive of VAT 


To find out more please:
Tel.  01344 381563