Reasonable adjustments are the steps that can be taken to help the dyslexic student gain the most from his or her strengths and their ability to think differently, whilst helping to minimise areas of difficulty. Sometimes the simplest changes can make the greatest difference. Reasonable adjustments will vary according to the individual student’s needs, or course of study and the environment.
The reasonable adjustments should not compromise the essential requirements of the course of study, nor should they place undue financial burden on the institution (university or college). Because reasonable adjustments vary according to individual need it is not possible to provide an exhaustive list of examples. It is essential that advice be sought from a specialist to ensure that appropriate reasonable adjustments are recommended.
Implementing reasonable adjustments can sometimes take time depending on the nature of the student’s dyslexia, course and environment. They work best alongside the development of skills and strategies and the individual will need time to practise these, as well as adjust to new study methods. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that improvements in performance will also take time. The following examples are provided to show you a few of the different types of reasonable adjustment that might be considered within the context of university: