Specific Learning Difficulties

such as dyslexia and dyspraxia

At LSE, the Disability and Wellbeing Service supports students with specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia and dyspraxia.

The Disability and Wellbeing Service support students with specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia and dyspraxia.

If you think that you have a specific learning difficulty we will provide a screening interview and if required you can be referred for a formal diagnostic assessment

We strongly recommend that you contact us before your arrival at LSE, or as soon as possible afterwards, so that we can work with you to put in place appropriate support at the start of the academic year. 

We can ensure that reasonable adjustments are made to your course where appropriate, via an Inclusion Plan and Individual Exam Adjustments.

We will also provide ongoing advice and support, this can take the form of one to one appointments in person or by telephone. In most cases you will be assigned a specific adviser.

Confidentiality is an important part of our service and we will keep all information confidential within the Disability and Wellbeing Service. We can also provide advice about how and when to disclose to other members of LSE staff. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if you think you are dyslexic?

The Disability and Wellbeing Service will provide you with screening interviews and if indicators of dyslexia are found, you can be referred for a formal diagnostic assessment.

If my dyslexia has adversely affected my ability to study or prepare for exams, will the Exam Board make allowances?

If the arrangements made in your Inclusion Plan (IP) have not been sufficient, you can submit Exceptional Circumstances to the Exam Board which they will take into consideration.

In exams, I usually have double time  – will that be possible at LSE?

The usual exam allowance for disabled students (including specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia) is usually up to 25%, as in most UK universities.  This depends on the student’s individual circumstances. Your Inclusion Plan (IP) includes a recommendation for individual exam adjustments, depending on any medical or psychological reports. 

How do I find out more about what will happen in my exams?

If adjustments are made to your exams you should read individual exam adjustments for more details. 

How do I find somebody to proof read my work?

You will need to find a reliable and professional proofreading service external to LSE. Contact LSE LIFE or the Language Centre for advice on this, and for information on ways of finding a proofreading service.

What happens about negotiating deadlines?

Your Inclusion Plan (IP) may include a recommendation for your department which states "allow the possibility of negotiating deadlines".  You will then need to negotiate extensions on deadlines with the tutor who who will be assessing the assignment, essay or dissertation.  

Find out more about specific learning difficulties and neurodiversity

Visit the links below to find out more about specific learning difficulties and neurodiversity


British Dyslexia Association  
Dyslexia Action   
The Yale Centre for Dyslexia and Creativity 


Dyspraxia Foundation
Dyspraxia Adults


The Dyscalculia and Dyslexia Interest Group
Maths Learning Disability Resource
British Dyslexia Association


"People are strange" - Joseph puts his feelings about ADHD and dyslexia into song

Asperger Syndrome

In praise of misfits Why business needs people with Asperger’s syndrome, attention-deficit disorder and dyslexia.  An article in The Economist June 12, 2012


The National Autistic Society


The BrainHE website  is all about neurodiversity in adults, specifically in Higher Education. There is a wealth of resources and personal stories.

The Divided Brain is a fascinating insight into how we think AND how to lecture in a multisensory way

The Life Scientific BBC Interview with Uta Frith, a key researcher in dyslexia. She explains Specific Learning Difficulties and neurodiversity brilliantly.

Meares-Irlen Syndrome (visual stress)

Institute of Optometry
Crossbow Education



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Disability and Wellbeing Service, Third floor, Fawcett House (FAW), Clements Inn, London, WC2A 2AZ