Our Disability & SpLD Support Team, part of Library & Student Services, is experienced in giving advice on the support available to students with dyslexia.
The following checklists have been prepared by the Disability Team to assist you in your preparation for entry into UCA.
FE Students checklist
HE Students checklist
International Students checklist
'...Dyslexia is a combination of abilities and difficulties that affect the learning process in one or more of reading, spelling and writing.' The British Dyslexia Association
Dyslexia can occur at any level of intellectual ability and its effects can be alleviated by skilled specialist teaching and committed learning.
If you have dyslexia, you may experience difficulties in one or more of the following areas:
•organising and expressing ideas in writing
•spelling, grammar and punctuation
•time management, and
You can declare you have dyslexia on your application, once you have accepted a place, once you have enrolled or at any time during your course.
If you have already started your course, you should contact the Disability team via the Gateway located in the Library.
A diagnostic specialist is usually the person who tests for dyslexia. Student Finance England will normally only accept reports prepared by diagnostic specialists so it is best to ask about the qualifications of the person who tests you.
A dyslexia assessment will last just over an hour. You will be asked questions about your previous learning and your study skills. There will be a series of written exercises that are designed to identify where support is needed.
The diagnostic specialist will then write a report that will include a statement about whether dyslexia is part of your profile.
You should arrange to see the Dyslexia Advisers via the Gateway located in the Library on your campus. We will discuss your strengths and weaknesses in confidence, and find out what choices are available to you.
You may wish to download and fill out the BDA Dyslexia Screener.
We have a team of experienced and trained dyslexia support tutors and facilitators, who work with students on a one-to-one basis on areas of need such as essays, dissertations and study skills.
You are encouraged to make your tutors aware of your particular needs. If you feel uncomfortable with this, or wish the information to remain confidential, please discuss this with the Dyslexia Adviser.
For those on courses with written examinations, it is important that you contact the Dyslexia Adviser to discuss what concessions may be possible.
In many cases:
- UK students applying for higher education courses may be able to apply for the Disabled Students Allowance
- Students applying for further education courses can have their needs assessed at the University and we will in turn provide support where possible.
If you are in any doubt about financial arrangements or funding please visit the Disability Team.
You cannot claim the disabled student allowance if you do not have home residency status.
You should see what other funding may be available through grant giving trusts and charities. Information on this is provided by the Specialist Adviser and Careers Adviser. Further information on Fees, Funding and Student Support for international students can also be found on the UKCISA website.
What is a DSA Needs Assessment?
The aim of the DSA needs assessment is to discuss and recommend the type of support you might require on course. There are several Needs Assessment Access Centres around the country.