Dyslexia and learning difficulties
The university has a support service to help you with dyslexia or specific learning difficulties (SpLD). Learning support officers, who are part of the disability and dyslexia team, can help you study and learn.
Specific learning difficulties include dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia and attention deficit (hyperactivity) disorder. Dyslexia is the most common learning difficulty. At the University of Brighton 7% of our students have disclosed to us that they have Dyslexia.
Support is available
You can meet with a learning support officer to talk about how they can help you. Support may include:
- advising your tutors and lecturers about different exam and assessment arrangements
- coordination of support funded by the Disabled Students' Allowances
- special study skills help from a learning support tutor
- equipment (on loan) such as recording devices or assistive software
- training in the use of specialist IT and learning facilities
- study support sessions.
Learning support officers are based at all sites.
To get help from a learning support officer you must provide a complete, current, report confirming your dyslexia or specific learning difficulty. The assessment should be carried out when you are sixteen or older, and the report should be written by a practicing chartered psychologist or a qualified teacher (OCR Diploma SpLD). If you do not have a report confirming your dyslexia/SpLD or if you think you may be dyslexic or have a SpLD then we can arrange an assessment.
We can arrange assessments for students who have not previously been assessed for dyslexia/SpLD, or those who need an up-to-date report.
The first step is to arrange a screening. Screenings are free, confidential and available at all sites. If the screening indicates a possibility of dyslexia/SpLD we can refer you to an educational psychologist for a full assessment.
If the assessment confirms that you have dyslexia/SpLD you can then meet your learning support officer to talk about how they can help you.