Dyslexia Awareness Week 2018

Dyslexia Awareness Week takes place from Monday 1 October to Sunday 7 October 2018, and this year’s theme is #21stCenturyDyslexia. The Library has a wide range of support available for students with dyslexia.

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I think I have dyslexia, what can I do?

If you think you might have dyslexia but have not yet been diagnosed, you can complete QuickScan – an online questionnaire which identifies whether you have any indicators of dyslexia and provides advice on the next steps to take. To access QuickScan go to the Support tab in MyBeckett, click on Disability Support and then Quickscan

I have dyslexia, who can help me?

Students who have dyslexia can register with our University’s Disability Advice service who arrange tailored support on an individual basis.

How can the Library help me?

When you have registered with Disability Advice, you can use the Disability Resource Area in the Library. Students registered with Disability Advice can borrow books for longe and Reserve ten items at once (instead of the usual five), so you can use the Reservations system to have books retrieved for you if you have difficulty finding them on the shelves. The Library has a wide range of books and eBooks about study skills and disability in higher education, including dyslexia. Look out for some of these on our Study Skills book displays. There is also a collection of reference books on these topics in the Disability Resource Area. We have an ever increasing collection of eBooks. If you find eBooks difficult to use, we have information on how you can customise the settings to make them more accessible. And don't forget that Skills for Learning offer a range of support to help you develop your study skills, including online resources, workshops and tutorials.

Is assistive software available in the Library?

A variety of assistive software is available, most of which is installed on all PCs in the Library. This includes Read & Write, which has tools for reading on-screen text aloud (text-to-speech), advanced spelling and grammar support, and applying a digital coloured overlay to your computer screen. You can access a web-based version of Read & Write for Google Chrome off campus. There is also software for mind mapping to help you organise your ideas visually, and we have Pro-Study software which helps you to collect, categorise and organise research from various different sources. You can also use SensusAccess to convert documents into more accessible formats, including audio, so you can listen to them rather than reading. There are various assistive software workshops taking place during Dyslexia Awareness Week and you can book your place via the Skills for Learning website.  

Where can I go for further support?

Students with disabilities or dyslexia can book a one-to-one appointment with the Library’s Learning Support Officer (Disability and Dyslexia) for help with a wide range of disability related issues in the Library, including using Library resources, assistive software, equipment and more. You can also contact Library staff for advice by phone, email and online chat.

Is there a book that you would like to recommend for your course that we don't currently have in stock in the Library? Read our blog post Beckett Books Extra Support Students with Dyslexia to find out more.


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