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Specific Learning Difficulties: Dyslexia/Dyspraxia

Unsure if you have a specific learning difficulty?

UCL has a short screening program called Quickscan which is available under the Student Help and Staff Help menus. It is confidential and the user can decide what to do with the results.

Guidelines for students

If you feel you may be dyslexic or dyspraxic, please see the Student Support and Wellbeing site for information on support, funding and screening.

If you have further questions or you would like to book a study skills session, contact the Student Support and Wellbeing team via askUCL.

Guidelines for staff

If you feel that you are in need of some support or testing, please speak to your line manager in the first instance, who can then refer you to Occupational Health to find out about the available tools and/or systems to help you.

Guidelines for line managers

If you are a line manager and have a member of staff who is or might be dyslexic, you need to be aware of your responsibilities towards your staff with disabilities.

Assistive software available at UCL

Inspiration

This is mind-mapping software, which can enable a user to structure their essays/reports in a visual way. Staff can obtain a copy via the Software Center or the Software Database (for work machines only). This is also available for students on Desktop @ UCL machines.

The Digital Accessibility Technologist runs training sessions at the Institute of Education each term for more information and to book please see ISD Digital Skills Development. Otherwise please contact the Digital Accessibility Technologists for 1-to-1 training in these packages.

TextHelp Read and Write

This is a text-to-speech package, designed to help you proof and correct your work. It also contains many other useful study support tools, to help with the common issues faced by dyslexic students. It is available on both the Student Desktop @ UCL and Desktop Anywhere.

EquatIO 

This software gives students the opportunity to show their mastery in maths, in a way that best suits them. They can speak, draw or type problems and equations directly onto their device. EquatIO helps to bring maths out of the pen and paper era. By moving to digital maths instruction, Equatio makes maths more accessible. Students with learning difficulties or visual impairments can hear their maths read aloud to them. Students and educators can create and customise graphs with Equatio. Powered by Desmos graphing calculator, EquatIO helps students to visualise and explore a written equation.EquatIO can be found on both student and staff desktops.

Staff can obtain a copies via the Software Center or the Software Database. (for work machines only). This is also available for students in the Desktop @ UCL.

The Digital Accessibility Technologist runs training sessions at the IOE each term for more information and to book please see ISD Digital Skills Development. Otherwise please contact the Digital Accessibility Technologists for 1-to-1 training in these packages.