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From time to time, Dyslexia Scotland receives requests for research participants. Details of all research requests will be posted here with a synopsis of the research findings, where possible. Unless indicated, please note that Dyslexia Scotland is not associated in any way to the research requests on this page. If you are interested in taking part in any of the research listed, please use the contact details provided. For any other information, please email:[email protected]

Dyslexia and career guidance

Dyslexia Scotland is committed to creating a dyslexia-friendly Scotland, where people with dyslexia can reach their potential in life, learning and work. Career education, information and guidance plays a vital part in supporting this ambition.  Since 2016, we have delivered a small, all-age career guidance service for people with dyslexia. Alongside this, we have developed training and professional learning resources for the career guidance sector, to help career and employability practitioners learn about supporting dyslexic clients.  Five years on, we want to understand how we can be helpful to both these groups in future. This research closes on 7 January 2022.

We are undertaking a piece of research to find out: 

  • What are the career guidance needs of people with dyslexia in Scotland? 
  • What are the dyslexia-related learning and development needs of people working in the career education, information, advice and guidance sector in Scotland? 

We are looking for: 

People with dyslexia, over the age of 16, living or working in Scotland:  

You can take part in the research through this questionnaire or by interview with our career coach – appointments can be scheduled on Eventbrite.

If you would prefer to take part by post, email, or by speech recording your answers please contact Katie.

People who work in the employability, career education, information, advice and guidance sector (CEIAG). You can take part in the research through this questionnaire or contact our Career Coach for more information. 

An exploration of the influence and impacts of dyslexia on social work practice

The role of a social worker is complex and dynamic, working in environments that can be equally as challenging. The role involves working with and supporting individuals, families and communities. Therefore, the interventions required are wide randing and involve many skills such as assessment, reading and writing. All these skills can be impacted by the condition of dyslexia. This study explore the impacts and influence that dyslexia has on social work practice from the experiences of those with a dyslexia diagnosis.

A thesis by Sam Hepburn

Employability survey for university students with dyslexia

Hi, my name is Louisa and I'm currently doing an MSc in Occupational Pscyhology. My dissertation is about university students with dyslexia and their views regarding future employability.

Anyone over the age of 18 who is a current university student with dyslexia is welcome to participate.

The link is here: https://uwe.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_aaPiBC0T787gDGe and will be open until 30 July 2021.

Dyslexia and performance tests in job selection

My name is Barbara Piotrowska and I am a lecturer and researcher from Edinburgh Napier University currently doing a Master’s degree in Occupational Psychology at University of Leicester.

Over the last 7 years I’ve been studying various aspects of developmental dyslexia and currently I’m interested in the impact of instructions on individuals’ performance on tests that are typically used in job selection processes.
I am inviting individuals who are at least 18 years old and either:
• Have a diagnosis of developmental dyslexia
• Do not have a diagnosis of developmental dyslexia
The study is online and will take around 30 minutes to complete. To participate please follow the link here: https://napiersas.eu.qualtrics.com/…/form/SV_9Ttz3zrKKRuslwi

Participant recruitment ends: 30th July

​Research on Child Disability Payment - can you help?

The Scottish Government will start giving a payment to families who need help with extra costs of looking after a child with a disability. This service is called Child Disability Payment. They would like your help to test the new benefit process to make sure it is easy to use.

They are looking to speak to parents with dyslexia who have experience applying for disability benefits for their child to understand their experience, along with any barriers people face getting information about benefits or accessing government services.

The online research session will last about an hour. To find out more please contact [email protected] 

​Are people with dyslexia supported in the theatre industry?

My name is Eleanor and I am a third-year student at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, studying Stage Management and Technical Theatre. I am currently in the process of writing my dissertation, my question is, are people with dyslexia supported in the theatre industry? Being dyslexic myself this is a question that I am very eager to find the answer to as I prepare to embark on a career in theatre.

If you have dyslexia and work in the theatre industry in any capacity whether you are a director, an actor, a set designer, a stage manager, a sound designer or any other role I would be most interested in talking to you. I wish to gain a greater understanding of the general perception of dyslexia in theatre and whether more awareness and support for people with dyslexia in this industry is needed. Any help that you can offer to help me reach a conclusion would be much appreciated. If you are happy to talk to me about my dissertation question, please contact me via my email: [email protected]

Would you be willing to share your experience of your child’s journey to being identified as dyslexic?

Rhona Macdonald has written a manuscript about her own journey in the 80s and 90s and would like to add some more recent journeys. Rhona has a publisher on board and aims to raise awareness of what it is like for a child to be misunderstood and mislabelled. This will provide parents and teachers an insight as to what a child lives through and therefore empower them to make a change to that child’s life. The book will be published online. Please contact Rhona on [email protected] if you and/or your child are interested in participating.

Autonomy, Rights and Children with Additional Support Needs

The aim of this research is to examine how children’s rights are being promoted in the area of special and additional support needs. The research is being conducted by two teams, one based at the University of Edinburgh and one at the University of Manchester. Parents and carers of children and young people with additional support needs have for some time had a right to have a say in their child’s education.

There has been an increasing emphasis on ensuring that the views of children and young people with special and additional support needs are reflected in important decisions relating to their education. This research aims to explore the extent to which children and young people are being given opportunities to participate in everyday decisions about their education and also in disagreement resolution processes. The research will provide information on: The strategies used by schools and local authorities to engage children and young people in educational decision-making; Children’s and young people’s views on their involvement in decision-making relating to their education; Parents/carers’ views on the extent to which their children are active participants in the decision-making process; Factors which promote or inhibit the ability of children’s and young people’s views to be heard and taken into account. For further information about the project contact: Professor Sheila Riddell, e-mail: [email protected]; phone: 0131 651 6597 To see the questionnaire, click here.

Study into the use of social media amongst parents of children with hidden disabilities

Participants needed to help look at the use of social media as a coping strategy. Click here to take part.

Dyslexia tutors and assessors required to trial new software that builds confidence and productivity for dyslexic writers

SprintPlus is a relatively new piece of software that students and adults use to proof their written work either at school, university or work. We would like to invite dyslexia assessors or tutors from all areas to trial SprintPlus.

In return for your feedback we will give you a free license. We believe that SprintPlus builds the confidence and productivity of dyslexic writers but we want your thoughts and comments. For more information, please take a look at our demo video and if you would like to take part simply indicate your interest by email to John Hicks at [email protected].