Please click of the following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to find out more detailed information:
|What do I need to do if I have already been identified as dyslexic?
In order to access support at MMU, you will need to provide Learner Development with a copy of a full assessment report, which has been carried out using adult testing measures, confirming your dyslexia/ SpLD. The report will usually need to have been carried out after you were 16 years of age by either an Educational Psychologist or a specialist dyslexia teacher with a Practising Certificate. If you have a report from when you were 14 or 15 years of age, please contact Learner Development for further information.
|What support is available for dyslexic students?
After you have provided Learner Development with a copy of your full assessment report, you will be asked to complete a disclosure and data protection form and then invited to attend a Personal Learning Plan (PLP) appointment. At this appointment you will discuss your support needs with a Learning Development Adviser and a Personal Learning Plan will be written. What is a PLP appointment leaflet?
You may also be eligible for Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) which are provided by the Government and not through the University. Learner Development will discuss this with you at your PLP appointment or you can apply independently.
Please be aware that the process of getting DSA support in place can several months, if you are anew student coming to MMU, you can apply for DSAs before you start your course.
|What are Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) and how do I apply?
Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) are funds that can be used to pay for any additional study-related support that you may need as a consequence of your disability, including dyslexic, students in Higher Education. The DSAs help to pay for extra costs that you may have when attending your course, as a direct result of your disability/dyslexia. The allowances can help with costs of a non-medical helper (e.g. Study Skills Tutor or note taker), items of specialist equipment or software, travel and other costs, such as photocopying.
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|I have a dyslexia report from my previous college, will this be acceptable?
It will depend upon the information in the report; some college reports do not always contain the appropriate tests and information required to access support at University (and to apply for DSAs). You will need to provide a full assessment report, which has been carried out using Adult testing measures, confirming your dyslexia/ SpLD. The report will usually need to have been carried out since you were 16 years of age by either an Educational Psychologist or specialist dyslexia teacher with a Practising Certificate. If you have a report from when you were 14 or 15 years of age, please contact Learner Development for further information.
|I had support at school and/or college; will I get the same support at University?
Support at University may not be arranged in the same way as it was at your school or college, but if you have a suitable report. Learner Development can advise you on how to access the support you require. Academic and examination support recommendations are made via a Personal Learning Plan (PLP), sent out to your department. Study Skills Support and/or any specialist equipment or software you may require is provided via DSAs.
|I'm dyslexic but I've lost my dyslexia report, what should I do?
If the Educational Psychologist or specialist dyslexia teacher who assessed you is unable to provide you with a copy of your report, you would need to be reassessed. MMU can offer you access to the services of a Chartered Educational Psychologist experienced in assessing the needs of adults in Higher Education, once you are enrolled. However, please note, students are expected to pay a contribution towards this assessment. Please contact Learner Development for further information
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|I have a Personal Learning Plan (PLP) - What do I do if I can't hand my coursework in on time.
Does your PLP state that you can negotiate revised submission deadlines?
If yes - BUT the reasons you are experiencing difficulties meeting deadlines are NOT related to your disability i.e an illness not related to your disability or a family bereavement
Complete an Exceptional Factors Form (EF1) and submit your form in accordance with the Exceptional Factors process. Full details of which are found at http://www.mmu.ac.uk/sas/studentservices/guidance/If your PLP does not state you can negotiate revised coursework submission deadlines