Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs) including dyslexia

Many students at Lancaster University with a declared disability have a Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) such as dyslexia. This information is for students who have or suspect they may have a SpLD.


Unsure if you may have an SpLD?

If you have not been formally diagnosed, but think you may have a specific learning difficulty (SpLD), you can take the following steps:

  1. Take the QuickScan test
    This is an online test in which you answer a series of questions. It takes about 15 minutes and, although it is subjective, can be a useful guide to show if you have indicators for a SpLD. This is not a formal diagnosis, however, and would be insufficient evidence for receiving study-related support. To take the test you will need to be a registered student (as you have to log in via the Moodle Virtual Learning Environment). The QuickScan test can be accessed through the Disability and Inclusive Practice Service Moodle page.
  2. Assessment with an Educational Psychologist
    A full assessment report from a suitably qualified assessor of SpLD or an Educational Psychologist will be required in order for you to get any study support at university as a result of an SpLD. It will also be required for any application for Disabled Students Allowance (DSA.) We work with an external Educational Psychology to offer diagnostic assessment appointments on the Lancaster campus. Appointments last for approximately an hour and a half. As a registered Lancaster University student, the University may be able to subsidise the cost of your assessment. The cost is subject to change. If you decide you would like a full diagnostic assessment, please email the Disability and Inclusive Practice Service for details of current costs and booking procedure.

For more information about study support resources at Lancaster, please see our Inclusive Support for all Students page.

Disability and Inclusive Practice Service,Student Wellbeing Services,University House,Lancaster,LA1 4YW-01524 592111

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