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My role at the University is within the AccessAbility team, I'm the dyslexia advisor.
a specific learning difficulty and requesting any information that they may have, um discussing
their specific difficulties and what might be useful for them in terms of support for
their programme of study at the university.
Some will come to us because they think they might have a specific learning difficulty
and then we can actually carry out screenings and if it looks as if it's worth them progressing
on and having a full Educational Psychologist assessment carried out, we can organise that
for them as well.
Yes, when the student has had their assessment then we like to see them in order to put any
recommendations in place that have been made. This might be extra time for exams, there
might be teaching adjustments that might be useful for them as well but it's very much
based on the discussion with the student -- (what) the difficulties that they're experiencing
and what they feel might be helpful
individual learning plan we try to set up as soon as we can so we like to see the students
ideally in the first couple of weeks when they begin their studies at Exeter. That is
based on the recommendations in the Educational Psychologist report or in their medical information.
This will include exam arrangements such as extra time, computer use, a scribe, maybe
rest breaks in exams and the teaching adjustments which can again include extra time or other
exam provisions or in-class testing. It can also include requests such as the student
to have access to lecture slides before lectures, or so that to indicate to staff that a student
might be using a digital voice recorder to record lectures. It may make requests for
students to be able to discuss issues regarding presentations with staff within their college
and for requests for marking guidelines to be put in place for students to ensure that
their work is marked spec-ah sympathetically with regard to their specific learning difficulties.
And ...that individual learning plan will stay with the student for the duration of
their studies but it can be reviewed at any stage so if the student is experiencing other
difficulties then we can look at what we've put in place for them to look at whether there's
anything else we can adjust to make things a little bit more sort of- makes things easier
The disabled students allowance, the student can apply for if they're eligible
for student loan and they have current medical evidence. The disabled students
allowance, if they're successful in applying for it, it can provide funding for the kind
of support that needs to be paid for as opposed to the institutional support so this
can be the study skills tuition, this can be the assistive software a student might
need, a laptop, a digital voice recorder for lectures and a general allowance which
covers cost of printing, non-core textbooks.