Jeanette Simpson, dyslexia advisor

Student using brightly coloured blocks during a dyslexia screening

We offer screening and support for students with specific learning difficulties.

Support for students with specific learning difficulties

AccessAbility provides support for students with specific learning difficulties such as Asperger's Syndrome, Attention Deficit, Dysgraphia, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Tourette's Syndrome. 

We offer a range of services:

  • assisting with informing academic staff about your requirements
  • one-to-one tuition for specific learning difficulties
  • diagnostic tests for specific learning difficulties
  • helping you apply for relevant financial support, for example Disabled Students' Allowance
  • arranging your examination arrangements, for example extra time

We will need a copy of your Educational Psychologist's report to be able to put support in place. In line with the requirements for Disabled Students' Allowance, your report needs to have been produced since your sixteenth birthday. 

Screening for specific learning difficulties

AccessAbility can arrange screenings for students who think they might have specific learning difficulties, e.g. dyslexia. This is free, and usually takes between 1.5 and 2 hours.

If you think you might be dyslexic, you may want to use this checklist to see whether it is worth investigating further. If you have already been assessed at school then you will not need to be screened again, but should proceed directly to the Educational Psychologist stage. 

There is currently a waiting list for dyslexia screening. If you would like to access a screening immediately, our online dyslexia screening tool will give you feedback which can be used as the basis for a referral to an Educational Psychologist. Please bring the resulting report with you when you make the Educational Psychologist's appointment.

Educational Psychologist's assessments

If, following a screening, it is recommended that you have an Educational Psychologist's assessment, or you need an update on an out-of-date assessment, AccessAbility can arrange this for you. There is a cost involved in this, as the Educational Psychologists are an external organisation; For some UK-based students they may be able to reclaim some or all of these costs through the Hardship and Retention Fund (means-tested fund) can be applied to by students to contribute towards the cost of this.

Dyslexia resources

The Dyslexia Foundation runs the Dyslexia Help website, which provides help and support for people with dyslexia.