Working with Dyslexia


Photograph of scrabble letter pieces spelling DyslexiaOverview:
In this short course you will discover the latest developments in our understanding of dyslexia. You will understand how adults with dyslexia struggle with text – but often have a range of compensatory skills that enable many to succeed in a range of fields.

Recommended reading:

  • The British Dyslexia Association 2019 Handbook

Target audience:
This course will appeal to policy makers, managers, team leaders, supervisors and employers in both the private and public sectors. It will also be useful to anyone who suspects they might be dyslexic, and who is keen to understand themselves better.

Learning objectives:
By the end of this course, you will:

  • Understand both the challenges and the special features of dyslexia and other learning differences.
  • Recognise the tell-tale signs and behaviours of adults with dyslexia.
  • Understand how dyslexia relates to the other neuro-diverse conditions
  • Experience the wide array of modern assistive technologies that are transforming the lives of dyslexic adults around the world.
  • Understand how best to create an environment that empowers adults with dyslexia to be as successful as possible.

Course outline:
Each session is an interactive workshop that includes lecture presentations with group activities and discussion.

There is a short break halfway through each session and you are welcome to bring your own refreshments if you wish.

Mike Styles is a self-employed dyslexia researcher and practitioner and is contracted to government agencies to provide consultancy advice on dyslexia and other neuro-diverse conditions.  Mike has led national research projects into dyslexia in tertiary education and the workplace and has presented the findings at international conferences in the United Kingdom, Italy and Australia.

Mike delivers workshops and webinars for Ako Aotearoa on dyslexia and numeracy. He is a member of the British Dyslexia Association and runs a dyslexia consultancy business as well. He has recently completed projects examining the occurrence of dyslexia in the NZ prison population and in the long term unemployed.

For further information:
Continuing Education, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington 6140.
Phone 04 463 6556,  Email:

Please note: Courses need a minimum number of enrolments to go ahead. If your course doesn’t reach the number required, we’ll have to cancel it. If this happens, we’ll contact you by phone or email about a week before the scheduled start date and arrange a full refund. Please check your emails regularly.