How Do I Know If I'm Dyslexic
Whether in work or college the best way to determine whether you are dyslexic or not is to obtain a formal assessment or test from your doctor. Here are a few reasons to get tested and the advantages of an assessment:
* It may reveal difficulties, which can be overcome with the proper training or strategy outlined
* It may help to clarify the reasons behind such difficulties with written work so that appropriate strategies can be developed for your personal use
* It puts any difficulties into perspective and can also identify areas of strength that you may have
* It can help admissions tutors or potential employers to judge a person's suitability for a particular course or job
* It can help to secure additional grants to pay for extra training or for equipment (e.g. computers) which might be needed
* It may reveal that extra time would be appropriate for some examinations in order to compensate for being dyslexic
There are two types of tests for dyslexia: screening tests and comprehensive tests.
The funding of assessment and tuition for adults can be extremely difficult and to very many dyslexic adults seems an insurmountable hurdle. Local Education Authorities do run Basic Skills courses free of charge but these are not usually specifically for dyslexic people or taught by teachers who have a dyslexia qualification.
The cost of assessment and an ongoing teaching program can be quite high and many adults do seek help to meet these costs. Help may be obtained from one of the following:
* If you are a full-time student you may be eligible for the Disabled Student's Allowance which may be used to purchase items such as specialist equipment or essential texts, or specialist help. It is claimed from the LEA. Your Disabled Students Advisor may be able to help you with this.
* Many employers partly or wholly fund assessments and lessons
* If you are unemployed contact the Department for Education and Employment's Disability Employment Advisor. You can be referred for assessment by a Placement, Assessment and Counseling Team (PACT) which has contracts with the Dyslexia Institute and may fund lessons.
* Unemployed adults may also seek work under the New Deal Scheme. As part of this it may be possible to receive specialist tuition.
* A local charitable organization may be able to help. Your Citizens' Advice Bureau may be able to put you in touch.
* The Dyslexia Institute funds a small number of bursaries each year.
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