Dyslexia Action Launches Election Manifesto

Product News / February 23, 2015

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 .

The Issues

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 Recommendations

The dyslexia sector is therefore calling on the future Government to:

  • Ensure that all professionals involved in the support of individuals follow a minimum standard framework of ‘good practice’ and are provided with the appropriate CPD to develop skills and knowledge to guide people with dyslexia.
  • Commit to equal access to education and assessment by ensuring that all curriculum and assessment resources are available in accessible formats and the use of assistive technologies is encouraged and actively promoted at all levels of education.
  • Maintain all parts of the DSA that covers the additional costs necessary to ensure higher education students with dyslexia complete their course.
  • Support universities by promoting the innovative use of assistive technology, such as text-to-speech, to improve the learning environment for dyslexic students and ensures that staff are aware of its importance.


Download a full copy of the dyslexia manifesto here.


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