A Survival Guide for Dyslexic Students studying in Higher Education

Brainstorm to success - a picture of a mind map and a cup of coffee

Dyslexia has nothing to do with your intelligence, the colour of your skin or your family background. It is just how your brain works. Your way is not the wrong way, just different.  Too many people wrongly assume that dyslexia is just a ‘reading and writing problem’, dyslexics are lazy/stupid or don’t work/try hard enough… This is not the case! It is only a problem if you allow it to be! The traits associated with each and every dyslexic are entirely unique and you will therefore have your own individual challenges as well as a range of strengths that will not only allow you to thrive at university, but will make you a force to be reckoned with in your professional career!

Read more at: DYSLEXIA SUCCESS: A Survival Guide for Dyslexic Students studying in Higher Education | Sarah Chapman

Why we should teach all pupils as if they have dyslexia

Huge advancements have been made in education around the teaching of pupils with dyslexia. Teachers are more keenly aware of both when a diagnosis may be necessary and of the techniques required to enhance the dyslexic student’s progress. However, it often strikes me that the strategies we use for dyslexic pupils are fundamental for the learning of all. If we taught every pupil as if they were dyslexic, literacy rates might rise.

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Are universities going to become more inclusive?

 The quad at the Brunel University campusPretty soon, lots of teenagers will be receiving their A-level and BTEC results and find out if they will go to their preferred choice of university. I can remember how exciting and also nerve-wracking it felt to go to university for the first time. If you are deaf like me I think it can be even more so: will it be easy to follow the lectures? Will I make friends? Is communication going to be a problem?

Read more at: Are universities going to become more inclusive? | National Deaf Children’s Society Campaigns blog