Dyslexia is a Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD). It affects reading and writing. Dyslexia can be identified at any point in a person's life. Many students find out they have dyslexia when they start university.
To get support for Specific Learning Difficulty at university, you must have a current diagnostic assessment report. You must be 16 or older at the time of the assessment. The assessor must be appropriately qualified.
The Disabilities and Dyslexia Service offers dyslexia screening and full dyslexia assessments. We also offer advice and guidance on the support available for students with a Specific Learning Difficulty.
If you suspect you might have dyslexia, book a free computer screening appointment at Holloway Road Learning Centre. You do not have to meet with a DDS Adviser first. Call or email DDS directly.
The computer screening will take up to 40 minutes to complete. The screening test result is an indication of your chances of having dyslexia. It is a not a diagnosis.
A DDS team member will explain your screening test results. If appropriate, we will recommend you have a full dyslexia assessment. You may be eligible for funding towards to the cost of a full assessment.
Referral for a full diagnostic assessment
Full diagnostic assessments take place at the Holloway Road campus and offsite. Assessments can take up to 3 hours so please bring a bottle of water with you. Before the assessment, you will complete a background questionnaire.
The assessor will guide you through a series of exercises. Assessors usually take between 2 and 3 weeks to write up an assessment report.
Understanding your diagnostic report
The dyslexia assessment report will explain the strengths and weaknesses of your learning profile. DDS Advisers can explain the findings of your assessment and what the support that is available.
Here are some commonly used terms and their definitions:
|Decoding||Matching letters to sounds|
|Reading comprehension||Understanding what you have read|
|Phonological awareness||Ability to identify sounds in language|
|Phonological processing||Speed and efficiency of processing language sounds|
|Verbal ability||Ability to analyse and process spoken information|
|Non-verbal ability||Ability to analyse and process visual information|
|Visual stress||Visual disturbance when reading. Text moves, shakes or blurs.|
Support for Dyslexia
There is a range of support for students with a Specific Learning Difficulty. Your DDS Adviser will talk to you about university adjustments such as Individual Exam Arrangements.
You may be eligible for the Disabled Students’ Allowances. This is additional support from the government to support students who have Specific Learning Difficulties, long-term medical or mental health conditions. It could include equipment, software and study skills support. A DDS Adviser can help you make an application.
Check out the assistive software on the university computers.