Dyslexia Matters – What do you think?


Dyslexia Awareness Week runs from the 2nd to 9th November

As part of this week, the SpLD support team will have a stall by the Ask desk, which is situated on the 1st Floor in the University Library.

Please come and visit us we would love to hear what you think

We are offering free cakes and sweets in exchange for your comments about dyslexia!

A competition will run during the week, with scrumptious prizes. This will be drawn on Friday 7th November; to enter, all that is needed is your name and phone number.

There will be information on the stall about the SpLD support service, if you want to know more.

Assistive Technology

Do you know?

 Inspiration mind mapping and Read & Write Gold assistive technology is networked to support assignment writing

Pick up an instruction leaflet from the ASK desk

(1st floor of the library)


This is a visual tool for planning and developing ideas through the creation of concept maps. The map is easy to construct; information can be added by clicking on relevant branches and use of colour makes a distinction between different areas/topics.  In addition: notes, pictures, diagrams and links to internet resources can be built-in.  Once the map is complete it can be put into linear form in preparation for structuring the assignment.

It can be accessed by clicking on the start button and typing the word ‘Inspiration’ into the search box.







Read & Write

This is software that reads text and assists when constructing or proof reading written work.  It can read from most documents (Word, PDF, web pages), alternatively resources can be scanned in.  There are features that help with spelling, grammar and study skills; also, predictive text or voice activation can be used.  There are instruction video clips for each feature.

It can be accessed by clicking on the start button and typing the word ‘Read & Write’ into the search box.


Skype support for students identified with SpLD (Dyslexia/Dyspraxia)

There is an exciting development planned to improve our services in terms of support for students with SpLD.

The SpLD team attended Skype training on 14 November 2013 to consider how it could be used when supporting students with SpLD (Dyslexia/Dyspraxia).  The day was very informative and we were able to talk with students who already access support this way.  We have been aware for sometime that students who are living or working (or both) at a distance from Edge Hill find it difficult to access the specialist support.

The team think that Skype is a great idea for students on placement or distance learners who can’t get in to the main campus for their support.  The plan is to run a pilot scheme in the New Year with a view of providing support via Skype in the future.

As a service development idea, we are keen to hear your feedback as it is very important that students are involved as we consider making changes to our service.  We would love to hear from you if you do feel you could benefit from using Skype for your one to one SpLD support or if you have any reservations and would like to discuss it with us.  Please get in touch by emailing [email protected]



Dyslexia Awareness Week






Dyslexia Awareness Week  14th-20th October 2013

The theme this year was ‘Beyond Words’.  Its purpose was to address the misconception that dyslexia only affects reading, writing and spelling, but also, can impact on maths, memory, organisation, time management, as well as language and listening skills. In addition, there was a strong focus regarding the creative strengths of dyslexia.

During this week, the Specific Learning Disabilities (SpLD) team had a stand in the HUB and ran a competition to identify Famous Dyslexics.  It was an opportunity for the team members to be ‘out and about’ chatting to a variety of people and giving information about dyslexia and the support available at the university.

If you would like any further information, the SpLD team can be contacted in the following ways:

Call to the ASK desk on the first floor of the library

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 01695 584372

Alternatively access the website www.edgehill.ac.uk/inclusiveservices