Creating a 21st century, dyslexia-friendly university

Posted in Teaching on October 2nd, 2018 by steve

“Widening participation and greater support for disabled students has led to an increased participation of dyslexic students in higher education – from 1% of all students in 1996-97 to 6% in 2016-17 …” (more)

[Abi James, Wonkhe, 1 October]


High court rejects Leaving Cert student’s claim she was discriminated against because of her dyslexia

Posted in Legal issues on May 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A woman who alleged, as a student with dyslexia, she was discriminated against because special explanatory notes were attached to her Leaving Certificate has lost her Supreme Court appeal over the rejection of her claims. The notes stated Kim Cahill was not assessed on spelling and grammatical elements of language subjects …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolain, Independent, 24 May]

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I’ve finally admitted that I’m a dyslexic academic – and I’m terrified

Posted in Life on February 19th, 2016 by steve

UK“Last week I disclosed to human resources that I have dyslexia. I am both relieved and terrified. I have been dyslexic all my life. At school I was in remedial classes and got extra time in exams. Microsoft taught me to spell in adulthood, and I somehow ended up becoming a prolific academic researcher, a teacher and professor …” (more)

[Guardian, 19 February]


‘Dyslexia’ and the 21st century

Posted in Teaching on February 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“I’ve been reading a lot about the brain recently (Susan Greenfield’s controversial book Mind Change) and it has got me thinking … Most years there will be at least one student in each of my classes who has been diagnosed with dyslexia …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 24 February]

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Dyslexic students like me need more support at university

Posted in Teaching on October 14th, 2013 by steve

“During the first year of my sciences degree at a top university that prides itself on its research, I started to realise I could not read as quickly as other students on my course …” (more)

[Alexandra Abel, Guardian, 14 October]


Smart technology is smart learning

Posted in Teaching on August 21st, 2013 by steve

“If the education system in 21st-century Ireland is to be fit for purpose, it must address how technology can support the education of all children and young people, including the one in 10 children with dyslexia …” (more)

[Donald Ewing, Irish Times, 21 August]

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Leaving Cert maths results

Posted in Teaching on August 15th, 2013 by steve

“… Students for whom maths is their place to shine, but who have specific language difficulties because, for example, they are dyslexic or on the autistic spectrum or where English is not their mother tongue, now find that they are struggling …” (more)

[Maria Walsh, Irish Times, 15 August]

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Programme 143, Dyslexia

Posted in Teaching on June 20th, 2012 by steve

“Presented and produced by Seán Delaney. On this programme Psychologist, Dr. Erika Doyle, from the Growing Up in Ireland study, explains what dyslexia is, how it can be diagnosed and what teachers can do to support learners who have the condition. She also discusses research that she has done to try and diagnose dyslexia in children from a young age.” (mp3)

[Inside Education on 103.2 Dublin City FM, 20 June]


‘Dyslexics should not get extra time in exams’

Posted in Teaching on May 14th, 2012 by steve

“James Murray writes for Durham’s Palatinate on why he believes students with dyslexia like him shouldn’t be given extra time: ‘Examination concessions are simply not justifiable within the current examination system …'” (more)

[Rosie Taylor, Ones to Watch, 14 May]


Discrimination against students on the basis of disability – 2 new rulings

Posted in Legal issues on January 21st, 2012 by steve

Two new tribunal rulings in this evolving area of discrimination law.

1. Dyslexia, dyspraxia and Irlen Syndrome – reasonable accommodation. “The complainant submitted that he was not provided with reasonable accommodation by the respondent with respect to the course in question. In that context, he referred to a number of particular requirements which he considered to be special treatment or facilities without which it was impossible or unduly difficult for him to complete the course in question …” (Ryan v. DIT, Equality Tribunal, 2 December 2011)

2. Marking of assignments from student with specific learning difficulty. “The complainant submitted that when he met with the assessor to discuss his grades he noted that the scripts were heavily marked with corrections made by a red pen. This, the complainant submitted, is directly in breach of the university’s own guidelines …” (A Student v. DCU, Equality Tribunal, 23 December 2011)

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Dyslexic girl from Kildare accepted to Harvard University

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 5th, 2010 by steve

“Cherone Duggan, a seventeen year old student who has just finished her Leaving Certificate exams – has been accepted to study in Harvard University. Cherone has dyslexia, and despite her achievements still finds it difficult to read the clock face …” (more)

[Irish Press Releases, 5 July]


Costs award against dyslexic student

Posted in Legal issues on June 18th, 2010 by steve

“The High Court has awarded costs against a woman with dyslexia who lost her action against the State alleging discrimination in the Leaving Certificate …” (more)

[Irish Times, 18 June]


Concession on special needs ‘is damaging our exams’

Posted in Teaching on October 20th, 2008 by steve

“Second-level school principals say the integrity of Leaving and Junior Certificate exams is at risk because of the growth of special arrangements for candidates with certain needs. They are particularly concerned about the growth in the number of special exam centres catering for individual students. The outgoing president of the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD), Aine O’Neill, said there were “genuine fears” about damage being done to the reputation of the exams. This year, about 15,500 exam candidates were granted a concession because of a learning difficulty, such as dyslexia, or other special educational needs …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 20 October]

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