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  Dyslexia or Other Specific Learning Difficulties

At Edinburgh Napier University, we support a significant number of students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties.  The exact type of support recommended may depend on your individual needs and circumstances.

​Within the University, we can

  • Assess your difficulties and support needs if you think you may have dyslexia or another specific learning difficulty, where you have not previously had any confirmation of a specific learning need
  • Discuss and arrange to provide the kind of broad support you have received in the past (where appropriate), if you already have established support needs

The information on myNapier is intended to give you an overview. Please ask if you would like further help or information.

Getting your support in place

If you think you have a specific learning difficulty but do not have evidence, email ipoint@napier.ac.uk and book an appointment with an Adviser for an initial assessment. If necessary, you will be referred onto an Educational Psychologist/Specialist Assessor for a full diagnostic assessment. The Adviser will also discuss your support needs with you.

Remember to book a place on the AT and Library Workshop when it opens. (Please note that you must have completed your matriculation before you attend a workshop. If you have not matriculated, you will not be able to access the University’s computers and networks).

Discussing your difficulties and support needs

Following the workshop you can make an appointment to see an Adviser in the Disability and Inclusion team. If necessary, we can refer you to a Specialist Consultant such as an Educational Psychologist. The Specialist Consultant will meet with you to assess and determine the type of difficulties you have and will provide a detailed report, with an account of your strengths and weaknesses, as well as your diagnostic and educational profile. This will help us in understanding your needs and deciding what kind of support you would benefit from whilst you are studying at university.

When you meet with an Adviser from the Disability & Inclusion Team, they can discuss any concerns or queries you may have, provide information about helpful technology and other support available within the University and arrange to put any other appropriate learning support or adjustments in place for you.  Typically, students can access exam support, general support and if eligible, Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA). All support is tailored to your specific needs.

Please come along to a drop–in session to find out more, view the information and resources available in the ‘Study Skills Resource Hub’ in Moodle or contact the iPoint to find out about appointment and drop-in times  or book an appointment with an Adviser ipoint@napier.ac.uk 

 

What kind of support is available?

The support we recommend will depend on your individual needs. Some examples of possible support are listed below.

Exam support

  • extra time
  • reader
  • scribe
  • use of a PC


To ensure you get support allowances on the exam day please follow the advice on this video.
 

General support

  • advice on technology support strategies
  • copies of lecture notes
  • study skills support
  • proof reader
  • permission to record lectures

Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) funding support

DSA is specific funding for students diagnosed with specific learning difficulties, medical conditions or disabilities. The DSA is provided by your Student Funding Authority. For more information visit the DSA page.
 

Technology Support

A range of technology options are also available to support difficulties with reading, writing and general study skills. As a matriculated student you will have access to dyslexia friendly information and resources which are available on the University’s Moodle site under the ‘Study Skills Resource Hub’. The resources include help with visual stress, study strategies, short technology guides and much more.

The University also has an extensive range of support software available on the University Network which can be accessed through the ‘Study Tools’ folder under Core Applications. Training on any of the software programs is provided by our Assistive Technology Advisers.

Software includes:
  • Mind mapping (Inspiration and MindView) software to help stimulate your thoughts and get your initial ideas down on ‘paper’
  • Dedicated support software such as ClaroRead and Read&Write to help with spelling, identifying homophones, referencing etc. These programs also include text-to-speech so you can listen to web pages, online journals etc. read aloud with quality voices
  • Google Chrome Extensions: we have carefully selected a variety of helpful Chrome extensions (and Apps) to help with reading, writing and study skills, e.g. EasyReader and Evernote Clearly to improve readability on webpages. One example to help with reading is SpeakIt! a free text-to-speech extension that works directly from within Google browser

Mobile Devices and Apps

We can provide guidance on how to make the most of your personal mobile device such as an iPhone, iPad or Android, i.e. the built-in accessibility features can make a big difference! If you’re looking for advice on specific apps then we can also advise on different apps to help with reading, writing, note taking, study skills and e-Books.

 

MyStudyResources – free software on USB pendrive

The MyStudyResources USB pendrive provides ‘on the go’ support wherever you are and whenever you have access to a Windows PC/laptop. The USB has a friendly plug-and-play easy to use interface and includes helpful software such as the popular MyStudyBar and eBook management tools.

See further information on support technology. 

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