Support for Dyslexia
13 Mar 2023
Dyslexia is a learning difference that mainly affects reading and writing skills. Approximately 10% of the population has dyslexia. There is no ‘treatment’ for dyslexia as it is just a difference in how the brain works, but there is support available to help with any struggles that having dyslexia may bring. Everyone experiences dyslexia differently, so the support they seek may be different as well.
What does support look like for adults with dyslexia?
Dyslexia coaching focuses on supporting people with dyslexia in understanding their brains, strengths and communication preferences. They can also help to develop strategies for any struggles such as slow reading. Have a look at our coaching to see how it can help someone with dyslexia.
👉🏽 Workplace or classroom accommodations
At work, your employer is required by law (under the Equality Act 2010) to make reasonable adjustments for you if you disclose your diagnosis. This might include giving information in fonts you find more accessible, giving you verbal instructions, or providing you with assistive technologies.
In your place of study, different techniques can be used to help. For example, using a multisensory approach by recording a lecture while reading your notes. Other methods of learning, such as mindmaps instead of written lists, can also be beneficial. It is likely your university or school will also give accommodations such as extra time on assessments.
👉🏽 Assistive technology
Assistive technology can be helpful for everyday tasks or in your place of work or study. This could include text-to-speech software, voice recorders or anything else you might find useful.
Tutors that specialise in dyslexia should have the knowledge and skills to support someone with dyslexia in their learning. You might even find that you enjoy studing more with this more personalised approach! You can find qualified tutors here.
👉🏽 Support groups
Joining a support group or using online forums can help you connect with others who have had similar experiences to you. Sometimes just reading other people's experiences is beneficial, you don't have to post yourself.
University Students with dyslexia
Disability student allowance
Students can receive help through the Disability Student Allowance (DSA) grant, which covers study-related costs in addition to the student finance you receive. The DSA can help cover expenses such as a laptop, software, and coaching to provide study support and help you with strategies and planning.
University disability centre
Universities should have dedicated disability centres to help you put a study plan in place. This may look different between universities, but it often includes extra time for submitting your essays or exams.