The University of Bolton Student Services

Disability Services


What is Dyslexia?
There are a few definitions of Dyslexia, some more complicated than others. Dyslexia is a difficulty with learning and literacy that is not related to how intelligent you are. It can include difficulties with reading, spelling, short term memory and taking in information quickly.
Here are 2 formal definitions of Dyslexia:

• 'Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling.’ (Rose 2009)
• ‘Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty that mainly affects the development of literacy and language related skills.  It is likely to be present at birth and to be life-long in its effects.  It is characterised by difficulties with phonological processing, rapid naming, working memory, processing speed, and the automatic development of skills that may not match up to an individual's other cognitive abilities.’ (British Dyslexia Association 2007).

Am I Dyslexic?
You would only know if you were Dyslexic by having a diagnostic test with a qualified professional, an Educational Psychologist or Specialist Teacher. However there are some characteristics of dyslexia which you might notice that might lead you to think you might need testing. These might include:
• Slow reading speed
• Re-reading for meaning.
• Spelling mistakes in your writing even after Spell Check
• Trouble learning how to read when you were in school
• Omit, transpose, or add letters when you are reading or writing
• Confusion when given several instructions at once.
• Difficulty telling left from right
You can find a checklist produced by the British Dyslexia Association here: https://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/dyslexia/how-is-dyslexia-diagnosed/dyslexia-checklists  

How Would I get tested for Dyslexia?
The Disability Service can refer you for testing for Dyslexia. The Student Advisors can also assist with this.  If you wish to discuss this or refer for testing then contact us on 01204 903478 / disabilityinfo@bolton.ac.uk 

What Support Might I Access for Dyslexia?
• Disabled Students Allowance: This is an individualised support package which students may be able to apply for and can result in recommendations for assistive software and equipment, study skills tutors and support with recording lectures. More information can be found here:  https://www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas/overview
• Exam Support: Disability service can arrange exam support which can include 25% extra time, use of laptop and reader depending on the individual needs of the student.
• Notification: An individual notification can be sent to your academic department to advise tutors of inclusive teaching adjustments.
• Marking Guidelines: an electronic sticker can be attached to your work when submitting online to indicate to tutors to apply marking guidelines for dyslexia including some flexibility with assessment of spelling, grammar and structure of work. See link to guidelines: https://www.bolton.ac.uk/assets/Uploads/SPLD-Marking-Guidelines-April-2014.pdf
• Equipment Loan: Disability service has limited numbers of Dictaphones and laptops which can be loaned out to students on a short term basis.
Anything else you want to know? Contact us on 01204 903478 / disabilityinfo@bolton.ac.uk