27 Mar 2014

Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a specific difficulty characterised by a combination of strengths and weaknesses. It affects information processing (receiving, holding, retrieving and structuring information). It therefore has an impact on skills such as reading, writing, using symbols and musical notation.

Other things to know about dyslexia:

  • Dyslexia is not related to intelligence and can occur in severe, moderate or mild forms.
  • People with dyslexia have their own individual profiles of strengths and weaknesses; no two people are exactly the same and the impact of dyslexia on each individual is different.
  • Dyslexia may overlap with related conditions such as dyspraxia or Attention Deficit Disorder (with or without hyperactivity) and dysphasia (total or partial loss of verbal language).
  • Most dyslexics appear to be born with dyslexia, although a few acquire it through accident or illness.
  • Many people with dyslexia have a family member with the same condition.
  • Dyslexia is legally recognised as a disability under the Equality Act 2010.
  • Dyslexics are often innovative thinkers who can be very successful in the creative arts and business think of Richard Branson and Steve Jobs. Famous dyslexic musicians include Noel Gallagher, Cher, John Lennon, Joss Stone and Ozzy Osbourne.

For further information: British Dyslexia Association

How can ACM Education Guidance help with dyslexia?

We will ensure that you get any access arrangements to which you are entitled.
Using the recommendations from your diagnostic assessment as a guide, we can offer 1:1 tutorials that help you improve your:

  • Note-taking techniques
  • Assignment planning
  • Academic writing style
  • Reading strategies
  • Organisational skills and time management
  • Revision techniques and strategies

What to do next

Drop in: to the Education Guidance Centre in Global House to speak to Fiona or Helen
Phone: 01483 501211
Email: fiona@acm.ac.uk / hhosker@acm.ac.uk

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