Dyscalculia in the Workplace

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If your dyscalculia was undiagnosed until adulthood or perhaps you’re still undiagnosed, it is possible that you have gravitated towards a career that doesn’t involve maths. But no matter how often you need to do equations or handle numbers on a daily basis, simple accommodations can help you to perform your job to the best of your ability.

Some ideas include:


Getting a phone with a virtual assistant

This is a new one for us with learning difficulties and it possibly could make our lives so much better. If you are struggling to write something down before you forget it just tell your virtual assistant to write it down. And even better, you can ask it to do equations such as adding or even converting between units of measurements.


Getting a calculator

If you struggle to add, subtract, or multiply in your head, ask if you can keep a calculator at your desk to help save time. If your job requires more complex calculations, request a scientific calculator.


Using a notepad

If you don’t have access to a virtual assistant, you can always use a trusty pocket sized notepad during meetings so you can work out math problems as they come up.


Putting up tables and charts

If multiplication is necessary for your job, put a multiplication table near your work area. If your job requires conversions of measures, have a table with common conversion formulas in your workspace.


Using jigs and pre-measurement guides.

Some work requires the use of machinery and equipment. In these cases, request that tools with pre-measured guides or build your own custom-made jigs to be used to again and again for those repetitive tasks to ensure fewer mistakes.


Using Calendars, Reminders, Alarms & Timers.

Dyscalculia can make it difficult to plan your day or know when to move on to the next task. Time management tools, like smartphone calendars, reminders, alarms and timers can help you keep track of time whilst you are working.


Maths is everywhere in our day-to-day lives and working with dyscalculia is never easy. But with the right accommodations — and a little understanding from parents, teachers, and employers — children and adults alike can build confidence in maths and find the areas in which they thrive.

5 thoughts on “Dyscalculia in the Workplace

  • May 27, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    I routinely use a calculator on my phone whenever I’m at work on the till. It helps me give the correct amount of change needed to the customer.
    Also I love your blog. It is interesting and useful to read. It’s true numbers are everywhere like words. My partner is dyslexic so he struggles with reading and spelling at work.

    • May 27, 2019 at 7:00 pm

      That’s great Thara! Everyone should except that its ok to use a calculator at work 🙂 Thank you for your comment we try our best!

  • May 29, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    Is it true that Spina Bifida causes dyscalculia? The reason I ask is because my son has Spina Bifida and we are noticing that he has difficulty with numbers.

    • May 30, 2019 at 8:08 am

      Hi Thara, I have read a few studies that point towards Spina Bifida being associated with math difficulties and Dyscalculia. The most in-depth study I found was MATHEMATICAL DEVELOPMENT IN SPINA BIFIDA, I hope you find this useful 🙂

  • May 30, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    It was definitely useful to read.


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