- Support offered by AccessAbility
- Support for students with specific learning difficulties
- Support for students experiencing mental health difficulties
- Support within your College
- Funding your support
- Accessing your support
- Disclosing your disability
- Contact AccessAbility
- Information for university staff
- Information for external assessors
- Information for prospective students
- Exeter Access Centre
- Cornwall Accessibility Service
We offer screening and support for students with specific learning difficulties.
Support for students with specific learning difficulties
Our range of services for students with specific learning difficulties includes:
- assisting with informing academic staff about your requirements
- one-to-one tuition for specific learning difficulties
- diagnostic tests for specific learning difficulties
- arranging your examination arrangements, for example extra time
- helping you apply for relevant financial support, for example Disabled Students' Allowance
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 offer screening 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, an 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a screening, it is recommended that you have an Educational Psychologist's assessment, or you need an update on an out-of-date assessment, AccessAbility can arrange this for you.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; however for most UK-based students the Access to Learning Fund can contribute half of the cost of the assessment.
The Dyslexia Foundation runs the Dyslexia Help website, which provides help and support for people with dyslexia.