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[28 JUL 99] COVENTRY UNIVERSITY PRESS RELEASE
Coventry University Launches New Dyslexia Pack For Students

A new Dyslexia Information Pack has just been launched by Coventry University to provide even better support for its students who may experience problems in this area.

Over three hundred students at Coventry University are dyslexic - with only 60 per cent having been diagnosed as such before they arrive. This is by no means unusual, and reflects the national picture outlined in the report 'Dyslexia in Higher Education: policy, provision and practice' produced by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

As a result of a recent HEFCE initiative Coventry University has developed its Dyslexia Information Pack which will be available to dyslexic students, those who think they may be, and the staff who support them.

The pack has been produced by the University's Centre for Research and Policy in Disability; the Creative Design Studio; the Disabilities Office; the Dyslexia Support Group, and the Educational Development Unit.

The information it contains will also be available on the University's website.

The pack complements the existing provision of an initial assessment service, follow-up support, and awareness sessions for staff and students already offered by the University.

Sarah Williams, Senior Lecturer in Learning and Study Support, who conducts initial dyslexia assessments and runs the training and awareness sessions across the University said:

"Many students hide their dyslexia or don't know they are dyslexic until they arrive here. The support that Coventry University offers can help them to achieve their best in an environment which otherwise might seem very daunting."

MORE INFORMATION:
Cyrrhian Macrae or Floyd Jebson  01203 838352

 

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