I have dyslexia, how can I get support with running my creative business?

Dyslexia can be more common among creative people and entrepreneurs. 23% of our clients told us they had dyslexia or another specific learning difficulty.

It’s a good idea to take note of what tasks or situations you find particularly challenging and share these with support organisations like us. Everyone with dyslexia or other conditions (like dysgraphia) experience them differently. It will help others to support you if they know specifically what is an issue for you.

Watch as Martin McDonnell, Founder and Chairman of Soluis, talks about running a business with dyslexia, recognising his weaknesses, playing to his strengths and his advice for others in the same position.

Thinking of funding?

You are entitled to equal access to things under the Equality Act 2010. So, if you need support when making applications, the funder is obliged to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ for those with dyslexia or similar needs. That doesn’t mean they’ll let you submit your information any way you want, but they will have an option they can offer you.

Reasonable adjustment has to be something the organisation can afford so what they can offer varies. They might offer you a scribe or an extended deadline. Very occasionally there may be an option to submit a verbal application either in person or as a recording.

Ironically funders also have to be careful they don’t give you an advantage over other applicants so they’re unlikely to let you be interviewed by the funding panel

Further information

Dyslexia Scotland offer advice and guidance on dyslexia-related issues in Scotland. Helpline enquiries can be made by telephone, email or webchat.