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Dyslexia is a combination of attributes and difficulties which primarily affect reading, writing, organisation and working memory. Weaknesses in the organisation and sequencing of ideas can affect written work. Poor short term memory affects reading comprehension. Neurodiversity, being the intrinsic cause of all Specific Learning Differences (SpLDs), means that the conditions are varied and each person with an SpLD has a unique profile. However, there is some generic support that may be beneficial for all students.

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Examples of student attributes:

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Examples of student challenges:

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Recommended reasonable adjustments

Please see the guidance documents in the section below, which outline the reasonable adjustments process and the recommended adaptations you can make to support students with Dyslexia, as well as the British Dyslexia Association's Style Guide for support on how create Dyslexia friendly content.

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Dyslexia Recommended Reasonable Adjustments Guidance on Reasonable Adjustments
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