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There's a dyslexic student in my CU

The term ‘dyslexia’ describes a range of difficulties with language processing, mainly affecting reading and spelling. It is often referred to as a ‘specific learning difficulty’ and can vary widely in its effects. People with dyslexia are also often affected by difficulties with sequencing, organization and short term memory.  There will be a significant number of dyslexic students in every university.

On the plus side, dyslexia also often comes with great skills in visual thinking and verbal articulation, as well as intuitive people-reading ability.  So this person could be a great asset to your CU!  Here are some ways you can accommodate the difficulties and enable participation and contribution:

Additional Resources

www.dyslexiaaction.org.uk – Formerly the Dyslexia Institute, Dyslexia Action provides services and support for people with dyslexia and other literacy difficulties.

www.bdadyslexia.org.uk – The British Dyslexia Association is an organisation with a vision for a dyslexia friendly society that enables dyslexic people to reach their potential. Produces fact sheets and other support services.

This resource is part of our Accessible CU series, created especially for Christian Unions by Through The Roof, a Christian Disability charity. To read this article in full, and other articles on including disabled students, download the student version of Through the Roof's publication Be a Roofbreaker for just £3.

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