Dyslexia screening and assessment
UAL offers students screenings and assessments for dyslexia and other Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs).
The Disability Service does not usually refer final year students in the last two terms of their course, as this does not give sufficient time to put useful support in place.
- The aim of a screening is to see if there are indicators of an SpLD. If so, students are referred for an assessment. Screenings are carried out by a member of staff at the University.
- This confirms a diagnosis of dyslexia or another SpLD. It is carried out by an external assessor who will produce a diagnostic report. The report is the evidence required to access disability support. The assessment must be conducted after the person’s 16th birthday.
Students must be enrolled on their course before attending a screening or assessment. However, early contact before enrolment helps to ensure that arrangements can be made as quickly as possible.
Students who have prior evidence of a Specific Learning Difficulty
‘Prior evidence’ refers to any existing information indicating that someone has a Specific Learning Difficulty. It could be a childhood report, or statement of support carried out at school/college to permit arrangements such as extra time in exams.
Prospective and current students who have prior evidence of a Specific Learning Difficulty should provide it to the Disability Service as early as possible. The evidence can be given to the disability adviser in their
first appointment, or emailed to the Disability Service at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Providing prior evidence may speed up the screening and assessment process, which enables support to be put in place as quickly as possible.
The screening and assessment process can take up to a full term. This is the time taken for support to be put in place, having initially identified a need for a screening and/or assessment. For further information on the process and timescales, please see the Dyslexia Screening and Assessment (PDF 480 KB).