Dyslexia Action, a national charity with over 40 years’ experience calls for a more accessible education system in providing services and support to children, young people and adults with literacy and numeracy difficulties, dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties. To support the campaign Dyslexia Action has launched its election manifesto .
Organisations, including Dyslexia Action, believe children and young people with dyslexia often struggle to access a curriculum and an examination process that is almost entirely text-based. Many people with dyslexia who are excluded from the curriculum rely instead on gaining vocational qualifications before they enter the workforce. Some rely on further education to gain basic and vocational skills, yet funding for further education colleges has been drastically cut resulting in the decimation of specialist support provision.
Currently, thousands of students with dyslexia use the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) to access a variety of support mechanisms in higher education (HE). However, proposed changes to the rules threaten the availability and quality of this support. By handing responsibility to universities we need to ensure that decisions necessary to support students with dyslexia, whether from internal or external assessors, remain consistent across the sector.
The dyslexia sector is therefore calling on the future Government to:
Download a full copy of the dyslexia manifesto here.