Do you think you might have dyslexia?
What is dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty which makes it harder for some people to learn, to read, write and spell.
Students find that sometimes while writing an essay, project or thesis that they are having a lot of difficulties with reading or spelling and think they may have dyslexia.
How can I get diagnosed with dyslexia?
To be diagnosed with a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia you need to see a (educational) psychologist for an assessment (a GP cannot diagnose it). The assessment can be very expensive and cost between 600 - 800 euros. You may also need to wait a few months for an appointment.
A list of registered psychologists is available on the Psychological Society of Ireland website: www.psychologicalsociety.ie/find-a-psychologist/
For further information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
What supports are available?
The Dyslexia Association of Ireland has a lot of information on their website: www.dyslexia.ie
The CIT Academic Learning Centre run free drop-in classes which now include academic writing skills for CIT students – please see their website for the timetable and more details: http://alc.cit.ie
There are other supports available in CIT - please see this webpage for more information: www.mycit.ie/access_disability/disability-support-service/useful-dare-links
If you do not have a full report from an Educational Psychologist, you may present evidence of a history of a specific learning difficulty or receiving educational supports e.g. as part of the DARE Educational Impact Statement or State Examinations Commission letter regarding RACE (Reasonable Accommodations at the Certificate Examinations) accommodations to regsiter with the DSS. More details about registering with the CIT DSS and supports available are on our website and student guide: www.cit.ie/dss
Full time mature students should contact the Mature Student Officer for workshops and learning support available for mature students: www.mycit.ie/access_disability/mature-students/