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Removing Disabling Barriers in Policing: Dyslexia and Literacy Difficulties in the Police Service

Macdonald, Stephen J and Cosgrove, Faye (2019) Removing Disabling Barriers in Policing: Dyslexia and Literacy Difficulties in the Police Service. THE POLICE JOURNAL: THEORY, PRACTICE AND PRINCIPLES, 92. ISSN 0032-258X

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The aim of this article is to explore the impact of dyslexia, undiagnosed dyslexia and literacy difficulties on police officers/civilian employees. The study employs a social model approach which advocates that problems associated with dyslexia are not due to an impairment effect but can be attributed to a lack of reasonable adjustment due to disabling environmental barriers (Macdonald 2009). The methodology applies a quantitative approach that analyses the impact that dyslexia / literacy difficulties have on policing. The authors suggest that with minor adjustments to working environments, police organisations can foster an inclusive rather than exclusive occupational environment (Hill 2013).

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Depositing User: Stephen Macdonald


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Date Deposited: 02 May 2019 08:44
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2020 11:18


Author: Stephen J Macdonald ORCID iD
Author: Faye Cosgrove

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Faculty of Education and Society
Faculty of Education and Society > School of Social Sciences


Social Sciences > Criminology

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