Dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties

Typical difficulties at University might include:

  • Attending to a lecture and notetaking at the same time
  • Making legible notes
  • Researching/ reading
  • Time management/ organisation

Appropriate Reasonable Adjustments might include:

  • Notes in advance of lectures
  • Modifications to examination arrangements
  • Permission to record lectures/ seminars

Support and resources available via Access SUMMIT might include:

  • Assessment of Needs undertaken by assessor experienced in dyslexia
  • Support package including:
    • Digital recorder to assist with notetaking;
    • Personal Computer with mind-mapping software to assist with planning and organisation and read back software to assist with proof-reading;
    • Scanner to assist with reading/researching;
    • Study Skills Tutoring to cover topics such as effective notetaking, researching, essay planning, organisational skills and time management;
    • Training to make sure you make best use of the equipment you have;
    • Ongoing Assistive Technology Support to make sure your equipment continues to give you the support you need throughout your course.

Getting the support you need:

  • Support packages are individually tailored and so the first step in making sure you get what you need will be to contact an adviser at your University’s Disability Support Service; if you are studying at one of The Greater Manchester Universities see the contact details for higher education institutions. More information is also available through the NNAC Wiki.

Funding the support you need:

  • Most UK students will qualify for funding via The Disabled Students Allowances – see this page on www.direct.gov.uk for more information about the Disabled Students Allowances.