The ‘creatively abled’ event, held in January to highlight the package of support currently available to staff with dyslexia at UAL, has been deemed a ‘huge success’ by Disability Champion Natalie Brett. The event was held at lunchtime and provided the opportunity for staff from across departments to share personal experiences and discuss ideas for future support.

The event included a screening of Natalie’s animated message to staff with dyslexia, and a talk from artist Jon Adams who spoke about his experience of living with both dyslexia and Asperger’s syndrome.

Themed group discussions focused on individual strategies for coping with dyslexia, the positives of dyslexia, and accessibility issues affecting staff with dyslexia at UAL.


Natalie Brett, UAL’s Disability Champion, applauded the incredible creativity and resilience of staff with dyslexia and expressed her commitment to ensuring that the University creates a supportive environment for colleagues.

Katie Mills, Associate Director or Student Enterprise and Employability, said:

“Attending the creatively abled event was a revelation. I had no idea about the package of support and software available to dyslexic staff. I would recommend it to anyone with dyslexia – whether confirmed or not.”


The main proposals to come from the event were to

  • Set up a user-testing group for policies, software, and digital interfaces
  • Have default settings for documents and printing that would benefit all, not just those with dyslexia
  • Use video and animation more to communicate internally
  • Exploit mobile and tablet apps for assistive technology

Feedback from the event will be available on the Valuing Disabled Colleagues programme pages of the intranet.

For more information, feedback or ideas contact Nina Rahel (n.rahel@arts.ac.uk or x9864).