Important Processes

for students with specific learning difficulties

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

This page lists some of the key processes you will need to engage with during your time at LSE if you have a specific learning difficulty. You can use it as a form of 'To Do' list. 

Make early contact

We strongly recommend that you contact us before your arrival to 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.

If you already have one send the Disability and Wellbeing Service a copy of your Diagnostic Assessment Report. If it is not in English you will need to get it translated. 

Undertake a diagnostic assessment

We may refer you for a diagnostic assessment after initial screening. 

Visit diagnostic assessment for more information about what this will entail. This page also has a video overview. 

Complete a needs assessment for DSA

If you are a home student, you will may be eligible for Disabled Student's Allowance (DSA). To access this funding, you will need to have a Needs Assessment.

Inclusion Plan and Individual Exam Adjustments

Depending on the outcome of your diagnostic assessments you may have an Inclusion Plan (IP) put in place. 

Find out to study more effectively

School Level Support

You may be able to access the following support

  • Study skills events, 1:1 sessions (for quantitative and qualitative courses) provided by LSE Life
  • For specialist software and Assistive Technology see IT Accessibility
  • Research skills and library skills training run by the Library

Your Inclusion Plan (IP) records agreed “reasonable adjustments” and is circulated with your consent on a need-to-know basis. Examples include:

  • 1:1 specialist support for students
  • Longer loan periods for some library books 
  • Access to priority workstations in the library
  • A library 'buddy' to help you access materials and resources
  • Use of specialist software and assistive technology
  • IT support and assistive technology

Departmental arrangements

Recommendations can be made to your department in your Inclusion Plan (IP). These are intended to facilitate your access to lectures, seminars and other events.

Examples of department arrangements include:

  • lecture slides provided electronically in advance
  • permission to record lectures/ seminars/ meetings
  • directed reading lists



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