We have set up an informal support group for anyone
who is dyslexic or who thinks they might be. It will be a chance to meet and talk with others, to find out what help is out there and to find ways to manage and support yourself at home and in the
It will also be a chance to find out more about getting a dyslexia assessment, accessing workplace support and local and national organisations. But above all it will hopefully give a better understanding of what dyslexia is and how it affects different aspects of everyday life.
Meetings are at Costa Coffee on the Meale Brace Retail Park on the first Tuesday of the month from 6-8pm. It’s a chance to have your say on how you would like the group to develop to say nothing of having a great cup of coffee.
1. I’m not at school any more so why would I want an assessment?
A dyslexia assessment is recognised in law and gives you legal rights against discrimination.
2. What is going to happen?
A full assessment will look at reading, writing and spelling as you would expect but it will also look at underlying ability, memory and language skills. It will look
at your processing speed and if there is any other issue that affects your learning such as coloured overlays or dyspraxia. It will be a mixture of tests, activities and talking so it is a useful
place to ask questions. It is a good idea to jot down concerns or difficulties beforehand so that you remember to follow them up during the assessment. It will also help the assessor get a better
picture of what your needs are.
3. Who will do my assessment?
The Shropshire Dyslexia Association is keen to ensure that only people who are fully qualified as practising assessors carry out assessments. Most are teachers and all have completed post graduate training in dyslexia. They will be registered with professional bodies such as PATOSS or AMBDA.
4. What about the cost?
The cost is usually between £300 and £350 for a full assessment but often employers are willing to help fund some or all of the assessment. There may be bursary help
available for people in receipt of certain benefits. Some assessors are also willing to spread payments over a few months if it means someone is able to access an assessment. There is a small
bursery fund that allows the Shropshire Dyslexia Association to subsidise assessments, where extenuating circumstances exist.
5. If I’m paying out all this money, how long does it last?
Assessments carried out over the age of 16 last for life. Sometimes an employer may feel they want it updated but then it is up to them to pay for it!
6. How long will the assessment take?
A full assessment usually takes somewhere between 3 and 5 hours to do. Sometimes it is done over 2 sessions but usually it is done on a single day. If there are extra
tests needed then it can take longer but the cost should remain the same.
7. What happens after I’ve had my test?
The assessor will write a full and detailed report. The aim is that this should be written and sent to you within 2 weeks. It is a long and wordy document that may
feel a bit overwhelming but it will have a summary and the assessor will talk through any points you don’t understand. It will look at your learning strengths and difficulties in depth and will
identify if you are dyslexic.
8. If I’m dyslexic can my employer sack me?
Dyslexia is recognised as a disability under the Equalities Act of 2010 and so is covered by disability discrimination laws. Most employers are keen to help understand
their workers and usually look at a diagnosis as a way to help them manage work better. They have a duty of care to put in place Reasonable Adjustments in the Workplace which are often supported by
Access to Work.
9. What is Access to Work?
Access to Work is a government funded scheme that helps organise individual support in the workplace. Often they will fund training or tuition, provide specialist
software and ensure that employers are aware of individual needs. They may look at the work place and recommend better ways of working. For full information and contact details see
10.What help is available afterwards?
Knowing you are dyslexic is the first step on a journey. You may want to go to college and usually this will be supported by their learning support department. There’s a great deal of software that can help many dyslexics. Things like speech to text software can help with writing, whilst text to speech software supports reading. Joining an adult support group keeps you in touch with fellow dyslexics and organisations such as the BDA give you the bigger picture. For dyslexics it really is true that knowledge is power!
Shropshire Dyslexia Association Helpline:
(Please note: this number is staffed by volunteers. Please allow 48 hours for a response)
Or use our contact form
At Belle Vue Methodist Church, Belle Vue Rd, Shrewsbury.
On Saturday mornings during term time between 9.30 and 12.00 am.
On Thursday evenings between 4.14 and 6.15 pm.