What should I do if I think I may have dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulty?
Many students encounter study difficulties whilst at University and discover that these are the result of a Specific Learning Difficulty, such as dyslexia. If you think you have dyslexia or another SpLD then the University’s Disability & Dyslexia Service (DDS) can help to arrange an on site assessment for dyslexia and other learning difficulties with appropriately qualified assessor.
The University of South Wales Disability & Dyslexia Service (DDS), has designed a confidential Online Dyslexia Screening Tool to help students identify if they are displaying signs of dyslexia or other Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs). The Online Dyslexia Screening Tool takes approximately 5-10 minutes to complete: it is not a test and there are no right or wrong answers. The information you provide will be treated confidentially and it will not be shared with anyone outside of the DDS, including staff from your faculty.
When you have completed the screener, you will receive immediate on-screen and email feedback. This will state whether you are displaying any characteristics of dyslexia and indicate whether a full diagnostic assessment is required. If there is evidence of study difficulties that may be as a result of a learning difficulty, you will be advised to make an appointment with a Disability Adviser via your campus Advice Zone or via the online appointment booking system
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Step 2 – Paying for a full Diagnostic Assessment
The cost of a diagnostic assessment within the University is £300.
If you wish to proceed, you should make an appointment to meet with a Disability Adviser via your campus Advice Zone or via the online appointment booking system . Your Disability Adviser will discuss your assessment fee payment options and, if appropriate, assist you in applying for diagnostic funding from the Hardship Fund. The Hardship Fund is means-tested, i.e. an evaluation of your income against your expenditure will be made to determine if you are eligible for financial support.
You will need to bring the following documents with you to your appointment:
Statements for all bank and savings accounts for both you and your partner or spouse (if applicable), covering the periods:
Autumn Term: 1st Aug 2016 – 19th Sept 2016 (inclusive)
Spring Term: 14th Nov 2016 – 23rd Dec 2016 (inclusive)
Summer Term: 20th Mar 2017 – 1st May 2017 (inclusive)
You must annotate and explain any transfers into/out of these accounts if they are over £500. Information about any children and the benefits you receive must also be identified and bank statements or entitlement letters provided.
Step 3 – Diagnostic Assessment
Once confirmation of your diagnostic funding is received, the Adviser will reserve a Diagnostic Assessment for you and contact you with details of your appointment via your University of South Wales e-mail account.
Your diagnostic assessment will be with a suitably qualified specialist assessor, who is experienced in conducting assessments for learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia. This assessment will look to investigate the nature of learning difficulties you have, as well as identify areas of strengths. The diagnostic assessment will consist of a two-hour appointment: should further information and testing be required, your assessor will arrange this with you at the end of this first meeting.
Once the assessment report has been completed (approximately 2 weeks), your assessor will contact you to invite you in to discuss the findings of this report. The report will detail the results of the assessments you have undertaken and whether you have a Specific Learning Difficulty. The report will also highlight some of the support that would benefit you during your time at University. Your Disability Adviser will then contact you to discuss the next steps. This may include sending a copy of your diagnostic assessment report to your funding body to apply for Disabled Students Allowance