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How to be positive about dyslexia at DMU

It’s Dyslexia Awareness Week (until Sunday 8 October), which this year is focused on the theme of being ‘Positive about Dyslexia’.

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This positive attitude fits perfectly with DMU’s approach. Dyslexia is associated with many skills and talents such as creativity, interpersonal skills, entrepreneurship and problem solving.

Did you know, for example, that business entrepreneurs are much more likely to be dyslexic than the general population? Around 2,000 of our students have dyslexia or similar learning differences.

To meet the needs of our dyslexic students, and to enable them to make the very most of their talents and creativity, we offer a wide range of dyslexia support across the university, including dyslexia screening and assessment, study skills support through the Disabled Students’ Allowance, exams arrangements, assistive technology and extended library loans.

This year we ran our first ever Dyslexia Summer School. A pioneering group of students toured the Kimberlin Library, tried out some of the assistive technology on campus, met a range of key staff and learned how innovations like DMU Replay can be used by dyslexic students to improve their note taking – and one student took the opportunity to share his creative writing ‘Dear Dyslexia…’ with the group.

One student commented: “I feel really positive… I feel less worried about starting at DMU.”

For more advice and inspiration, take a look at this film, which was made with some of DMU’s dyslexic students.

Click here for more information about dyslexia and DMU’s Disability Advice and Support services. Alternatively, you can contact the team by phone on 0116 257 7595 or email disability@dmu.ac.uk.

Posted on Tuesday 3rd October 2017

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