Other useful resources
'Understanding Dyslexia' by Jill Hammond and Ruth MacPherson (published by Glasgow School of Art) provides a helpful explanation of the nature of dyslexia.
In association with Scottish Trades Union Congress
The STUC Disabled Workers Committee offers this useful brief paper to help Union members support members with dyslexia. Click here to download the guide.
Scottish Union Learning has also produced this useful Guide for Union Learning representatives, in liaison with Dyslexia Scotland and other partners.
ENQUIRE is the Scottish advice service for additional support for learning and is managed by Children in Scotland and funded by the Scottish Government.
Dyslexia organisations supporting people with dyslexia
Dyslexia websites or webpages
SEN Marketing - www.senbooks.co.uk
Crossbow Education Ltd - www.crossboweducation.co.uk
IANSYST - www.iansyst.com IANSYST sells hardware and software specifically designed for dyslexic people.
The Dyslexia Shop - www.thedyslexiashop.co.uk
Barrington Stoke - www.barringtonstoke.co.uk This bookseller has a wide range of books suitable for reluctant readers. Using a specialised font and tinted paper these books are ideally suited for dyslexic readers.
Other useful websites and guides
Scottish Government Guidance on Supporting disabled children, young people and their families
Books for All provides books in accessible formats for pupils in Scotland who have difficulty with ordinary printed text, including those with dyslexia. There is a wide range of books on this website, including exam revision materials.
CALL Scotland Communication and Assistive Technology for People with Disabilities www.callscotland.org.uk
CHIP+ Children in the Highlands Information Point – provides information, advice and support to families who have a child with a disability or special needs. They also support the professionals who work with them. www.chipplus.org.uk
Edinburgh Libraries and Information Services - This link provides useful information about Resources for adults and children with Dyslexia.
for Scotland's Disabled Children (fSDC) A coalition of organisations and individuals set up to secure rights and justice for disabled children and young people. Dyslexia Scotland is an active member of this coalition. www.fsdc.org.uk/
Pupil Inclusion Network Scotland (PINS) is a national network funded by the Scottish Government Learning Directorate. Their focus is on educational inclusion, equalities, attainment, health and wellbeing. The network operates online and their interests range from the early years through to post school learning. Membership is free: www.pinscotland.org
Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) The national accreditation and awarding body in Scotland. www.sqa.org.uk
University of Nottingham For teachers and tutors supporting pupils with dyslexia.
Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland As a person, you have rights that apply to everyone in the world. These are laid out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As a young person, you also have other rights that apply to you that can be found in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
If you are a young person, the pictures on the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland’s website can help you relate your rights to the real world. If you work with young people, the pictures can help them find out more about their rights. Click here for more details.
If you work with children and young people, in order to raise awareness of children’s rights, why not try this 10 minute training tool from the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)?
Young Minds A UK charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. www.youngminds.org.uk
Young Scot Help with life’s big decisions for young people aged 11 - 26 at the following link: www.youngscot.org Young Scot cardholders can get a yearly subscription for the Dyslexia Voice magazine for £10. For more details, click here.
Careerjet - this search engine has a range of jobs involving work with people with dyslexia www.careerjet.co.uk/dyslexia-jobs
Neurodiversity and Employment - website with information relating to neurodiversity and work
Function Central’s Event Planning Guide about the importance of accessibility and inclusivity at events ‘Disability Awareness and Planning for Accessibility during Events’
An introduction to disability awareness when organising any kind of event. This includes understanding common barriers to accessibility in events and venues, as well as the economic benefit of inclusivity.
Other learning difficulties
There are a number of sites covering this subject:
Highland Developmental Coordination Disorder Group
Support for parents of children with developmental coordination disorders www.hdcd.org.uk
The Dyspraxia Foundation Provides information on the learning difficulty dyspraxia www.dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk
The National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service (ADDISS) This organisation provides information and resources on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder to parents, people with the condition, teachers and health professionals www.addiss.co.uk
The Scottish Society for Autism Information and support for people with and affected by autism www.autism-in-scotland.org.uk
LEAD Scotland (Linking Education And Disability) has an 'Information guide for disabled learners and carers: Post-school Learning Choices in Scotland'
This guide contains information relating to a range of both formal and informal learning opportunities in Scotland, including:
· Community learning
· Further education courses at college
· Vocational training and apprenticeships
Speech and language
Association For All Speech Impaired Children Advice and resources on speech impairment www.afasic.org.uk
ASLTIP The Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Practice www.helpwithtalking.com
Learning and technology
Professional Learning Find (formerly CPD Find) is a database of continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities from providers all over Scotland and beyond www.ltscotland.org.uk/cpdfind/
AbilityNet Scotland Help with technology for anyone with learning difficulties www.abilitynet.org.uk
Assist - IT Training on technologies that help people with dyslexia in their work. www.assist-IT.org.uk
Eduapps The site includes a newly launched free toolbar, MyStudyBar. This floating toolbar supports learners with literacy difficulties/dyslexia www.eduapps.org
Education Otherwise Advice for families whose children are being educated outside school www.educationotherwise.net/
Schoolhouse For parents and young people starting out in home education www.schoolhouse.org.uk
Books for All provides books in accessible formats for pupils in Scotland who have difficulty with ordinary printed text, including those with dyslexia. There is a wide range of books, including exam revision materials.
Calibre Calibre Audio Library provides a free nationwide postal service of audio books www.calibre.org.uk
Listening Books A postal, online and downloadable library of audio books. www.listening-books.org.uk
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) A regulator set up to protect the public. It keeps a register of health professionals (psychologists) who meet our standards for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health www.hpc-uk.org
British Psychological Society Provides contact details for registered psychologists. Psychologists registered on a voluntary basis www.bps.org.uk
CReSTeD The Council for the Registration of Schools Teaching Dyslexic Pupils www.crested.org.uk
PATOSS Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties www.patoss-dyslexia.org
Scottish Council of Independent Schools Information on independent schools in Scotland www.scis.org.uk
COSCA Provides contact details of counsellors throughout Scotland. It also has an excellent film called 'Person to Person' which is COSCA's guide to counselling. For more information visit the website: www.cosca.org.uk
Our leaflets have some recommended books for further reading. If you would like advice about which may benefit you more, call the Helpline on 0344 800 8484.
- NHS factsheet on dyslexia www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Dyslexia
If you or someone you know has dyslexia, you can also get support from your local branch.