:: for dyslexics ::

Connecting you to help.
Connecting you to hope.

If you have difficulty reading and you aren’t sure what’s wrong or where to turn for help, you’ve found a friend in the IDA-UMB.

We connect you to helpful information, resources and professionals who take your struggles seriously, and who are trained to help you succeed.

It’s never too late to get assessed, get diagnosed or learn to read. You’re not alone. You can improve. And we can help.

Helping Each Other

Factors for Job Success

As an adult with dyslexia, you are not alone when struggling with the reading and writing demands of the workplace. Dyslexia creates difficulty with work-training courses, even literacy classes, if these are not presented in ways that accommodate your learning needs.

You can succeed in the workplace with training and other written materials in an accessible format, restructured job tasks, and assistive technology, such as:

Text Reading Systems
Reading Pen
Speech Recognition Systems
Portable Word Processors with Spell and Grammar Check
Support Systems (Hiring Managers, Other Dyslexics, Tutors, Family)

:: your rights ::

Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as amended 2008 (ADA) is a federal civil rights law designed to prevent discrimination and enable individuals with disabilities to participate fully in all aspects of society. 

The ADA protects an individual’s right to request reasonable accommodations for the hiring process and on the job.

Frequently Asked Questions

Being formally identified as an adult may be necessary for formally requesting job accommodations, but with the greater availability of low-cost or even free resources for text to speech, spelling, and grammar correction, many adults in the workplace opt to use these resources as well as asking friends or colleagues to help with tasks such as proofreading when time and accuracy are at a premium.

The practical dilemma in the workplace is that there can be many aspects of the work environment (hiring, performance review, etc.) that are poorly designed for the wide diversity of employees, dyslexics included.

One great general resource for disability in the workplace is the Job Accommodation Network – they also have live chat and phone support: 1-800-526-7234.

One great resource to find help near you is the National Literacy Directory. You can check what you want help with – for instance reading and writing, English language, help with computers or technology, or high school equivalency) and also state your location.

In the US, other resources for adults include tutoring from the non-profit Pro-Literacy and many Community Colleges and Universities have either free or low-cost programs to help with tutoring.

If you are enrolled in a class at college and are having trouble, you may be able to be referred to the disability office for free testing that may qualify you for accommodations.

Shelly Bayer

Shelly Bayer, PhD

Dr. Shelly Bayer is the Assistant Director for the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning at South Dakota State University where she works with faculty and graduate teaching assistants to create a culture of teaching excellence by promoting evidence-based strategies and encouraging professional and personal growth mindsets. Shelly earned her B.A. in English Education from South Dakota State University, her Masters of Education in Literacy (Certified Reading Specialist) from the University of Nevada – Las Vegas, and her doctorate in Education Administration – Adult & Higher Education through the University of South Dakota. Prior to her current employment, Shelly taught in public schools in Brookings, SD and Las Vegas, NV. Her educational background combined with her son’s identification as a dyslexic learner inspired her to work to create environments and systems that embrace the strengths of every learner and value each learner’s contributions to the process. Shelly joined the IDA-UMB Board of Directors in April 2018. She was elected as President in July 2021.