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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: "Benefits of podcasting for dyslexic students.." Duration: 2 minutes : 43 seconds

Benefits of podcasting for dyslexic students.

"…it seems to make the whole process much more active plus you've got the dual input of auditory and seeing the text as well…"

2 min 43s inclusive teaching video by Alex Sallis et al., in Lectures

Dyslexia video: "Purposes of student-led seminars: development of transferable skills.." Duration: 2 minutes : 21 seconds

Purposes of student-led seminars: development of transferable skills.

"…We look for a number of different skills…how to discuss without dominating, the idea of working through different ideas, exchanges of views, to get the different viewpoints on a debate…"

2 min 21s inclusive teaching video by Nick Thomas, in Seminars

Dyslexia video: "Providing annotated slides as handouts after lectures.." Duration: 6 minutes : 24 seconds

Providing annotated slides as handouts after lectures.

"…Well I just save it as a pdf file straightaway and it goes on the web and they have this pdf in full colour available exactly as they saw it on the screen…"

6 min 24s inclusive teaching video by Joe Cornfield et al., in Handouts

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