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Students are taught by a range of methods across the disciplines and some of those methods can tap into typical characteristics of dyslexia.

Here you will find suggestions for making some teaching methods more accessible for dyslexic students. For example, you might encourage dyslexic students to choose projects and dissertations that suit their ways of learning.

You may find some ideas for increasing the accessibility of your teaching in your discipline area.

Reasonable adjustments

Examples from Practicals

  • Use of laptop with Excel for write-ups.
  • Alternatives to verbal instructions during the session: visual back-up, permission to record.
  • No penalties for spelling where write-ups are hand-written and handed in immediately after the practical session.

Video examples

Dyslexia video: "Guiding students in reading for seminars.." Duration: 1 minute : 23 seconds

Guiding students in reading for seminars.

"…they're encouraged to be quite ruthless in their reading…Look at that, ignore the rest…and they can get into the ideas very quickly…"

1 min 23s reasonable adjustments video by Nick Thomas, in Seminars

Dyslexia video: "Setting up seminars for productive learning.." Duration: 1 minute : 58 seconds

Setting up seminars for productive learning.

"…People know beforehand what questions are going to be asked in the seminar or debates that are going to be covered.…"

1 min 58s inclusive teaching video by Nick Thomas, in Seminars

Dyslexia video: "How a dyslexic student uses handouts during and after the lecture.." Duration: 2 minutes : 7 seconds

How a dyslexic student uses handouts during and after the lecture.

"…as the lecture went on he'd write on the pdf…which he could then publish with all the annotations and with diagrams…"

2 min 7s student perspective video by Joe Cornfield, in Handouts

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