Early Career Statistics for ADHD and Dyslexia

As a parent of a young adult with ADHD or dyslexia, you may be aware of the challenges they face in their day-to-day lives. However, what you may not know is how these challenges can manifest in the workplace, particularly during the early stages of a career. It’s important to understand the risks that recent graduates face when they don’t have the necessary support from their employers. Let’s take a look at some of these early career risks. 

Job Stability Risks 

Recent studies have shown that employees with ADHD or dyslexia are more likely to lose their jobs within the first few years of employment than those without neurodiverse conditions. The reasons for this vary but often include difficulty staying focused, managing time, and organizing thoughts. Additionally, many employers lack experience and knowledge on how to best support those with neurodiverse conditions which can lead to misunderstanding and miscommunication. This can result in job loss due to performance issues even when an employee is working hard and doing their best. 

Risks of Being Fired Without Neurodiverse Support 

Employees with ADHD or dyslexia may be at an increased risk of being fired without proper support from their employers. This could be due to misunderstandings related to communication or performance expectations that can arise as a result of the challenges associated with neurodiversity. Without the right support systems in place, it can be difficult for employees to demonstrate their skillsets and reach their full potential in their roles leading them to become more susceptible to disciplinary actions such as warnings or terminations that could have been avoided if they had received adequate guidance and understanding from their employer. 


It is essential for parents of young adults who are entering the workforce and have ADHD or dyslexia to understand the potential risks they may face when it comes to job stability and performance expectations within a company. By researching businesses beforehand and ensuring that your child has access to adequate support systems both inside work hours as well as outside will help them achieve success in any role regardless of whether or not they have an underlying condition like ADHD or dyslexia. With enough preparation, your child will find themselves better equipped for success no matter what field they pursue!


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