If you think that you may have dyslexia/dyspraxia but have not yet undergone a diagnostic assessment, we can arrange an appointment for you with our colleagues at Dyslexia Assessment & Consultancy. To start the process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org who will forward to you two questionnaires to complete in the first instance. If it is felt that a full diagnostic assessment is required, you will be contacted directly by Dyslexia Assessment and Consultancy to make an appointment.
If you have already had Dyslexia/dyspraxia diagnosed you’ll be able to inform us during the application process, and later confirm/amend details when you complete online enrolment in September preceding the start of the programme. This will trigger the process of contacting you to determine what level of support you will require throughout your time at The Courtauld. You will also be asked to send in your most recent Needs Assessment to the Records & Assessment Team. Please note: If your report is more than five years old, then a new updated report will be required.
It is advised that you contact The Courtauld as soon as possible to arrange an assessment before the new academic year begins.
Following the assessment, a full copy of the report will be sent to the Records & Assessment Team as well as to you. The report will detail all the tests undertaken and the results and also the recommendations for support by The Courtauld.
As from January 2014 there is a small fee to pay towards the cost of the diagnostic assessment. Students are required to pay one third of the cost, currently £140. The Courtauld pay the remainder.
FORMS OF SUPPORT
Extra Time: unless specified otherwise, 25% extra time will be permitted to complete the exams.
Use of PC: The use of a laptop will be permitted to write the exam
The markers are informed of dyslexia/dyspraxia via a cover sheet attached to the essay.
Students may receive extended borrowing rights in the book library, and permission to record lectures and receive advanced notice of reading lists.
The Courtauld has an Academic Support Tutor who can provide help with structuring written work, organisation and planning.
The report received from the assessors is seen in confidence by the Records & Assessment Team and the Head of Examinations. It is also possible that the external examiners may see the report at the end of year Mitigating Circumstances meeting.
Students with any other Specific Learning Difficulty (including Dyscalculia, ADHD, Auditory Processing Disorder, Asperger Syndrome) should follow the same advice as given above.
Students with a disability that is physical (for example, a disability that affects mobility, hearing or sight) should inform the Academic Registry before the start of term. Medical evidence will be requested as will evidence of any specific requirements.
For Home/EU disabled students, some additional financial assistance may be available through a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA). If you think you may be entitled to DSA, it is preferable to apply for it well in advance of your arrival at The Courtauld (it can be quite a lengthy process).
Further information on disability and available support can be found at: http://www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas.
Below are links to other, additional forms of support
Can assess the needs of disabled students including ICT, The National Network of Assessment Centres, Administrative Centre
The Adult Dyslexia Organisation
Helpline: 0207 924 9559
The British Dyslexia Association
RNID (Royal National Institute for Deaf People)
RNID Communication Services Unit
Telephone: 020 7296 8064/8066
Textphone: 020 7296 8065
National Bureau for Students with Disabilities.
Skill has helpful general information and literature, especially about allowances for disabled students and about many charities and grant making trusts. The Information centre can be contacted using the details below:
Telephone: 0800 328 5050
Textphone: 0800 068 2422