Dyslexia and other Specific Learning Difficulties


Dyslexia is one of the most common Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD): some students arrive at University already diagnosed with dyslexia or another SpLD, such as dyspraxia, dyscalculia, ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome. However, some students get assessed whilst at University and discover that they have Specific Learning Difficulty, such as dyslexia.

If you are having study difficulties and/or you think you have dyslexia, please complete our online dyslexia screening tool If the results of this indicate you are displaying characteristics of dyslexia (or another Specific Learning Difficulty), you will be asked to book an appointment with a Disability Adviser to arrange a diagnostic assessment. Diagnostic assessments are conducted on campus by suitably qualified specialist assessors.

One of our USW Bloggers, Charlie, has created a vlog about dealing with Dyslexia and the support available at university:


Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD), also known as Dyspraxia in the UK, is a common disorder affecting fine or gross motor co-ordination in children and adults. Individuals may vary in how their difficulties present; these may change over time depending on environmental demands and life experience. Children may present with difficulties with self-care, writing, typing, riding a bike and play as well as other educational and recreational activities. In adulthood many of these difficulties will continue, as well as learning new skills at home, in education and work, such as driving a car and DIY.

There may be a range of co-occurring difficulties which can also have serious negative impacts on daily life. These include social and emotional difficulties as well as problems with time management, planning and personal organisation.

SpLD Support

Students with dyslexia or other learning difficulties can access a range of support and equipment during their time at University. As well as stating whether an individual has a learning difficulty such as dyslexia, the diagnostic assessment helps identify whether an individual is entitled to Disabled Student’s Allowance. DSA is designed to cover the cost of equipment and support a student with dyslexia (or other health condition) will need during their time at University. The equipment and support a student receives is based on individual need, but this may include dyslexia-friendly software and a computer to run this on, one-to-one tutorials with a Study Skills Tutor, examination support (e.g. extra time, separate room) and note takers in lectures.

We would strongly advise you to disclose your difficulties to the Disability & Dyslexia Service at the earliest opportunity: this provides us with the opportunity to investigate your difficulties and needs, as well as put the relevant support in place.

For further information please contact us contact to arrange an appointment.