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Specific Learning Differences

The largest percentage of students in HE, who have been identified with a disability, fall under the umbrella term, SpLD. Neurodiversity, being the intrinsic cause of 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.


Student making connections with post-it notes

Examples of student attributes







Student reading

Examples of student challenges


Student and tutor having a chat

Recommended reasonable adjustments

Please see the guidance documents in the 'Useful Downloads' section below, which outline the reasonable adjustments process and the recommended adaptations you can make to support students with SpLDs.

SpLD recommended reasonable adjustmentsGuidance on Reasonable Adjustment Process
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