firstpointFIVE005: Disability & Dyslexia Support

Every Monday, firstpoint publishes our top five tips on a topic related to life at university. We’ll cover a wide range of topics such as making the most of your time at university, help with your studies, working through the challenges of communal living or maybe looking after yourself during exams and assessments.

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Disability & Dyslexia support – what is available?

If you have a disability or specific learning difference like dyslexia, find out more about the help and support that’s on offer…


tip-01Tip 1: The Disability and Dyslexia Service

The Disability and Dyslexia Service provides advice and support for students with disabilities, including those with a specific learning difference like dyslexia or dyspraxia. You might not consider yourself as disabled but have a long-term condition that affects you and you may be able to access additional support.

The Disability Advisers can meet with you privately to discuss your individual circumstances and work with you to determine the support or funding that might be available.  You can find out more about Disability & Dyslexia Service on the DDS website or, if you’d like to talk things through, book an appointment through firstpoint.


tip-02Tip 2: Screening for Dyslexia

Do you think you have a learning difference or maybe you’re struggling with your work and are just not sure if that might be part of the problem? You can visit firstpoint and ask to take a free LADS+ screening to find out more.  If you would like to be formally assessed for a Specific Learning Difference, such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or ADHD, come and speak to us.  We can tell you what you need to do and talk you through the process.  We can also book any appointments you might need.

When DDS have appropriate evidence of a learning difference, they will talk to you about its impact and any recommendations for your support.


tip-03Tip 3: Assistive software

The University of Worcester has a range of assistive software available on the student networked PCs. Assistive software includes things like the mind-mapping programme Inspiration and TextHelp Read & Write Gold, which can read text aloud from webpages and documents. There are also many free assistive technology tools and features available. You can find out more about any of these on the DDS assistive technology webpages.


tip-04Tip 4: Find your way around

We understand that everyone’s needs are different. AccessAble is an on-line guide which gives the detailed information you need to work out if a place is going to be accessible to you.

AccessAbleThe University of Worcester works with AccessAble to create full access guides to all of our campuses and various locations. For more information, see the AccessAble website.

You’ll also find accessible toilets at each campus and location.


tip-05Tip 5: World Dyslexia Awareness Day

World Dyslexia Awareness Day will be celebrated on Friday 4th October 2019.  The Disability and Dyslexia Service will provide more information about this and other awareness events and workshops on their webpages:-


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