Forklift If license training can open a range of jobs and opportunities, but first, you have to complete the training. If you have a learning difference such as dyslexia, that can bring up challenges throughout the process. Here are five tips to help you.
1. Look for forklift license training program that has experience with people with dyslexia
The more your instructors understand about dyslexia and the challenges (and strengths) associated with it, the easier it will be for you to navigate the course. Ideally, you want instructors who understand and have experience with modifying lessons or tests to accommodate learners who struggle with certain aspects of reading and writing.
2. Consider online training
When you enroll in a forklift licensing program, you typically can choose between an online or in-person course. Online courses may be easier for people with dyslexia as they allow you to take as much time as you need to read and understand the lessons. You can even use special text-to-voice apps to help you with the process.
If you prefer to sit in a classroom, there are a range of study apps that can help you record lessons instead of taking notes on paper.
3. Look for learning materials with lots of diagrams
If possible, ask to see the learning materials before you choose your forklift training class. When you are learning about forklifts, you have to learn a lot about different types of forklifts, how the hydraulic elements of the machine work and how its control systems work.
Most people with dyslexia are extremely visual. Because of this, you may learn more easily if you have learning materials with lots of pictures or diagrams or a class with lots of hands-on activities with forklifts. That is preferable to classes that have learning materials full of dense text and descriptions.
4. Ask for untimed tests
If you have to take a written test at the end of your forklift training session, request that it not be timed. If you have difficulty processing reading and writing, extra time can be immeasurably helpful. In fact, research shows that when given extra time on tests, dyslexic people improve their scores while the scores of non-dyslexic people stay the same.
5. Don't forget your strengths
If you get frustrated along your journey to earn a forklift license or certification, remember your strengths. As a dyslexic person, you likely have incredible depth perception and 3D imaging skills. As a result, the challenges of driving a forklift such as keeping your raised forks balanced, avoiding falling loads, parking in small spots and paying attention to multiple things at once will likely be easy for you once you get past the reading and writing part of the learning process.