Making higher education more accessible: The development of a dyslexia information pack

Earle, Sarah; Williams, Sarah and Adams, Mike (2000). Making higher education more accessible: The development of a dyslexia information pack. Journal of Access and Credit Studies, 2(1) pp. 45–57.

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Abstract

During the 1980s and 1990s, many HEIs have been concerned to widen participation, setting targets for the recruitment of those traditionally under-represented within HE, such as women and minority ethnic groups. Most recently, attention has shifted to the recruitment of students with specific learning difficulties and disabilities and the number of such students is thought to have increased. In the last few years, the number of dyslexic students has increased significantly. However, while HEIs can widen access, we argue that this does not necessarily make HE accessible. In this paper, we suggest that HEIs need to provide practical support to ensure that the structural and attitudinal barriers to success in HE are removed. This paper draws on a HEFCE-funded research initiative to explore the ways in which HE can be made more accessible for dyslexic students. It describes the development of 'The Dyslexia Information Pack', which provides support and information for dyslexic students and academic tutors.

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