Support for learners with Dyslexia
Dyslexia support can be offered to students across Dudley College of Technology by a team of specialist tutors.
What is Dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a condition which affects the processing of language, particularly written language. It is estimated that approximately 6% of the population have mild to moderate dyslexic tendencies, and a further 4% are severely dyslexic.
"Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty that mainly affects the development of literacy and language related skills. It is likely to be present at birth and to be life-long in its effects. It is characterised by difficulties with phonological processing, rapid naming, working memory, processing speed and the automatic development of skills that may not match up to an individual's other cognitive abilities."British Dyslexia Association
People with dyslexia can have difficulties:
- In spelling, reading and writing
- In personal organisation
- With processing information
- With their short-term memory
Dyslexia affects all kinds of people regardless of their race or social class and is independent of I.Q.
What Kinds of Support can The Dyslexia Team offer?
A Dyslexia Specialist Tutor will be able to describe how we can help you, whilst you are a student in the College.
Some of the areas that we may be able to help with are:
- Completion of a dyslexia checklist at Induction
- Assessment for dyslexia by a specialist dyslexic tutor
- One-to-one Specialist support sessions following a structured, multi-sensory programme of learning
- Course Tutor liaison on your behalf
- Organisational, Time Management and Study skills
- Provision of Assistive Software where appropriate
- Assessment for Visual Stress
- Assessment for access arrangements for examinations
- Referral for formal assessment if required
If you think you may be dyslexic and have never been formally assessed, we can arrange for you to have an initial interview and Dyslexia Adult Screening Test (DAST).
The main purpose of the interview and assessment is to provide some initial information relating to the difficulties that you may be experiencing. This assessment will not give you the formal diagnosis of dyslexia, but it will allow us to advise you on seeking a full formal assessment.
"One hour a week of dyslexia support saves me six hours of study" Dudley College Art Student
"It is all relevant, as the support that you and the dyslexia service gave me was fantastic. It has really helped me throughout University and work, as I use all the methods of remembering, spelling, blue paper (got glasses now) etc. to ensure that I can produce good assignments. I would recommend yourself and the dyslexia service to anyone, and you can quote me on that." Dudley College Sport Student
"I think that I am now capable of completing my Access to H.E. Diploma in Business. This will lead to a university placement in September 2012. I don’t think I would have been able to do this without dyslexia support" Dudley College Access to Business Student