Dyslexia

As a dyslexic University of Leeds student, we can help you reach your full academic potential and make sure you're able to take advantage of all the fantastic opportunities available here.

There's a great range of support available for you, and we can help to ensure you are able to access all the relevant and appropriate sources of assistance. 

What is meant by dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a type of specific learning difficulty (SpLD) which can affect reading, spelling, writing, numeracy, short-term memory, sequencing and information processing speed. Approximately 4% of university students have a dyslexia diagnosis.

How might your university life be affected?

The impact of your impairment may vary depending on the tasks you're undertaking. As a student with dyslexia you might find that you have strengths in some areas of university life and struggle with other aspects.

What condition-specific support is available?

In addition to general equipment and support services available to all University of Leeds students affected by a disability or impairment, you can also get dyslexia-specific help if you apply for additional funding to include:
  • one to one strategy support
  • the opportunity to attend study skills workshops and an academic writing course
  • transcription services
  • assistive technology.

How can you get all the help you need?

You can:

To access some of the services you will need to provide recent evidence of your diagnosis.

Psychological assessments for dyslexia

If you've been advised to obtain a new psychological assessment for dyslexia you'll have to make this appointment with non-University providers. If you've had a diagnostic assessment before you may want to contact the person who assessed you and see if they can undertake a further assessment or update the one you already have.

If you require an updated diagnostic/Psychologists assessment, you may be eligible to some financial assistance to reclaim all or part of the cost (to a maximum of £280) from the University. To find out more please contact DSAS who will be able to discuss your circumstances with you and make a referral to the Student Funding team.

The local organisations below can undertake full psychological assessments for dyslexia:

If you're enquiring with other providers ensure they are:

  • a chartered psychologist or have an SpLD practising certificate
  • aware of the DfES/SpLD Working Party 2005 Guidelines.

Please contact the organisation directly for information about prices and services.

Dyslexia screening - QuickScan

If you think you might be dyslexic or dyspraxic then QuickScan, which is available on University PCs, can detect indicators. QuickScan is a screening tool and does not offer a diagnosis. If indicators are present then you will need to have further diagnostic tests. 

To access QuickScan on a University PC, log in and go to:

  • start
  • programs
  • accessibility folder
  • QuickScan.

A full learning styles report will be generated when the test is complete. Before you log out of the software, you must:

  • make a note of the report code
  • print the document so you have a record of the results and any instructions to follow up
  • save the file.

You can talk to a member of the Disability team for advice about taking QuickScan or to discuss your report.

As an alternative to QuickScan, you could look at online checklists for adults to see if you identify with the characteristics of dyslexia. This website gives links to a number of dyslexia screening checklists http://www.dyslexia-international.org/checklists/ .