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Resources for Adults with Dyslexia

Q. Can adults have dyslexia?
A. Yes. Dyslexia is a life-long disability.

Q. How do I know if I have dyslexia?
A. If you struggled with reading or never learned to read well, you many have dyslexia.

Q. How do I find out if I have dyslexia?
A. You can get evaluated by a psychologist or reading specialist who does evaluations for  adults.

Q. Why should I bother to get diagnosed now?
A. There are two reasons:

1) An evaluation will show where the problems are that make it hard for you to read  or write well. That will tell you where you need help.
2) A formal diagnosis may help you in your work because dyslexia is a disability and  you should not be discriminated against because of it. It’s against the law.

Q. Isn’t it too late to improve my reading and writing skills?
A. No, it is not too late. Working with a reading specialist and using the right programs, you can improve your reading and writing skills.

Q. What protections do adults with dyslexia have under the law?
A. Adults with dyslexia have protections under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Q. How could the ADA help me?
A. Basically, the ADA protects people from being discriminated against because of a disability. If you are qualified for a job but have trouble with the reading or writing parts of the job, your employer must be willing to make reasonable adaptations to work around your disability such as providing assistive technology or secretarial support.

Q. How do I find out more?
A. Click the American Disabilities Act for more information.