Dyslexic students ‘discriminated against’ in allowance assessments – BBC News

Assessments for dyslexic students claiming disability allowances should be reviewed, peers have said.

The issue was raised by Lord Addington, who is president of the British Dyslexia Association.

He said it was unfair dyslexic students had to pay up to £600 to have their condition reassessed to claim the disabled students’ allowance at the university.

Education Minister Lord Agnew agreed the system should be reviewed.

Disabled university students can claim an allowance to cover extra costs because of their illness such as specialist equipment or a non-medical helper.

Lord Addington asked what justification there was for dyslexic students to be reassessed to get help at university when they had already been diagnosed and received assistance at school.

For other disabilities and mental health conditions, a letter from a doctor is sufficient to prove eligibility.

However, for dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties, such as Dyspraxia and ADHD, a “diagnostic assessment” from a psychologist or suitably qualified specialist teacher is required.

Individuals must be reassessed for the university if they were under 16 years old when they were last assessed.

Read more at: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-41974606

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