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Screening

If you think you might have Dyslexia, take a free screening test before arranging for a full diagnostic assessment.

An online dyslexia checklist from the Adult Dyslexia Organisation

Please note: A full diagnostic assessment is required for obtaining a DSA (Disabled Students Allowance) and for Special Exam Arrangements.

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Full diagnostic assessment

If you think you are dyslexic, you should consider arranging a full diagnostic assessment.

Full diagnostic assessment can be expensive, costing between £250 - £500, and can only be done by qualified staff, usually educational psychologists. The University does not carry out dyslexia assessments.

You should arrange an assessment yourself by making an appointment at your local dyslexia assessment centre.

To find the centre nearest to you, follow the links below:

The Educational Guidance Service

Dyslexia Action

Assessments are not funded by DSA, however there are other sources of potential funding. If you are in receipt of financial support/low income you can apply for funding from our Access to learning fund. Are you eligible for financial support? This online ready reckoner will tell you. If eligible, costs will be reimbursed. Assessment centres often need paying in advance, and if you need to apply for funding for payment in advance then the OU has a Student Assistance Fund (SAF) - money that has been raised by the trustees of The Open University Foundation through charitable donations. It's an emergency fund for all OU students who need immediate financial support. Your regional or national centre will be able to give you further details.

Claiming reimbursement for a dyslexia assessment

The University may be able to help you with some or all of this cost.

If your assessment happens BEFORE module start date

You should complete and return to us (at Yorkshire Regional Centre) an Access To Learning Fund (ALF) application form, together with a brief covering note stating that you are applying for dyslexia assessment funding. Please note – do not send the ALF form to the Milton Keynes address indicated on the form. We will send the form on to them when your course begins.

If we are satisfied that your financial circumstances meet our criteria, we will send you a letter stating that we will pay for your assessment.

You should show this letter to your assessment centre when you make an appointment with them.

When you have made an appointment, send a copy of your appointment letter to us (indicating the cost of the assessment). We will then send you a cheque for the appropriate amount made out to the assessment centre.

If, because of your financial circumstances, you are not eligible for a complete refund of the cost of your assessment, we may still be able to help you with part of the cost (up to £150).

If your assessment happens AFTER module start date

You should complete and return to us (at Yorkshire Regional Centre) an Access To Learning Fund (ALF) application form, together with a brief covering note stating that you are applying for dyslexia assessment funding. Please note – do not send the ALF form to the Milton Keynes address indicated on the form. We will forward the form to Milton Keynes.

You can pay the assessment centre yourself and providing your funding application is successful, the University will reimburse the cost.

Your assessment centre may require confirmation of your eligibility for financial assistance before they will make an appointment with you and payment in full before they carry out the assessment. For this reason we strongly advise you to apply for assessment funding well in advance of your appointment for the assessment.

Please note – if you have the assessment before you receive notification of your eligibility for funding and your application is then turned down, you will be liable to pay the full cost of the assessment.

Our contact details are:DAR Team, OU in Yorkshire.

Access to Learning Fund application form

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Dyslexia or other Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs)

If you have dyslexia or other Specific Learning Difficulties such as dyscalculia, dyspraxia and aspergers syndrome you may have difficulties with receiving, processing, expressing or retrieving information. This may be in one or more areas, such as reading, writing, following directions, spelling, grammar or expressing ideas in writing.

Strategies may include:


If you require Specialist Dyslexia Tuition -

For a list of local specialist teachers contact PATOSS (The professional association of teachers of students with specific learning difficulties)
Tel: 01386 712 650
Fax: 01386 712 716
Website: http://www.patoss-dyslexia.org/
Email: patoss@sworcs.ac.uk

or, for more general advice, contact the BDA (The British Dyslexia Association)
Tel: helpline 0845 251 9002
Tel: admin 0845 251 9003
Fax: 0845 251 9005
Website: http://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/
Email: helpline@bdadyslexia.org.uk
Email: admin@bdadyslexia.org.uk

Special Sessions - You may be eligible for special sessions with a subject tutor. These may be over the phone or, if you attend face to face tutorials, in person. Ask your tutor about these.



Ensure you have the following, printed formats available:
Meeting your Needs Booklets
Dyslexia Toolkits and study strategies

Specific Learning Differences (SpLDs) links

Students with Dyslexia individual needs web-pages

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