Older Learners and Adults
Dyslexia was recognised under the Disability Discrimination Act in 1995 as a specific learning difficulty, and is specifically mentioned in the more recent Equality Act (2010).
This puts the onus on Higher Education colleges and universities and employers to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that those affected by dyslexia are not disadvantaged in education or employment. This includes funding for one-to-one tuition by a specialist dyslexia teacher. The self-employed are also at present covered by these measures, funded by Department of Work and Pensions, Access to Work scheme.
- Higher Education students (post 18 years) with dyslexia may qualify for the Disabled Students Allowance which can help fund laptops, software and one-to-one tuition by a specialist dyslexia teacher
- In the workplace, assistance may take the form of changes to work practices, extra time to complete work, the provision of extra software or hardware, and funding for one-to-one support and tuition
I can provide general guidance on the types of assistance available and on how to apply.