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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: "Learning from lectures: a dyslexic student's view.." Duration: 3 minutes : 13 seconds

Learning from lectures: a dyslexic student's view.

"…So if the reading's all on WebCT if it's scanned in that's much better, and the slides from the lectures if that's on there with the key points that's great…"

3 min 13s student perspective video by Annie Evans, in Lectures

Dyslexia video: "Students tape recording lectures and meetings.." Duration: 2 minutes : 47 seconds

Students tape recording lectures and meetings.

"…I received a very very high grade, kind of the highest I've ever achieved and it was the first time I'd actually used this dictaphone so a big thumbs up for that…"

2 min 47s reasonable adjustments video by Nick Thomas et al., in Lectures

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

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