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From time to time, Dyslexia Scotland receives requests for research participants. Details of all research requests will be posted here with a synopsis of the research findings, where possible. 
Unless indicated, please note that Dyslexia Scotland is not associated in any way to the research requests on this page. 
If you are interested in taking part in any of the research listed, please use the contact details provided.  For any other information, please email:info@dyslexiascotland.org.uk

Call for dyslexic participants to test services in government digital project

I am an accessibility consultant working for a Government agency in Edinburgh. We are undergoing a large digital transformation and part of that process we are working with a wide range of users to test services which we build in order to see whether they work for them. Dyslexic users are of particular interest to us.

These sessions usually take between 1 and 1.5 hours, can take place either in our office or the volunteers’ home or office and we usually compensate the user with a £40 Amazon or Tesco voucher for their time.

If there is anyone who is available in central Scotland in the next two weeks, your help would be particularly appreciated.

Please contact mark.palmer@ros.gov.uk if you’d like to take part.

Date of post: 19 September 2017

Call for dyslexia research participants: adults, both with and without dyslexia

Researchers at the University of Trento (Italy) are studying the perception of webpage visual complexity by people with dyslexia versus average readers. The research aims to improve the next generation of Web accessibility guidelines, particularly focusing on the legibility of the Web for dyslexic people.

The researchers are now looking for participants for a brief online study. Both dyslexic and average readers are needed. The study includes viewing webpages and rating how complex they seemed. The webpages will very briefly be flashed on the screen. The study should take less than 15 minutes.

If you would like to participate in the research, please follow the link: http://dyslexia.atw-lab.com/welcome/adult/en/web/

Note: the study does not run from a mobile device because it needs a larger monitor.

Email for research-related requests: miniukovich@disi.unitn.it
 

Call for participants in dyslexia research - University graduates

Researchers at the University of Strathclyde are undertaking a project to examine the experiences of dyslexic university graduates entering the workplace. They are looking to secure cooperation from university graduates with 5-10 years’ professional experience and who are willing to participate in an interview or complete a questionnaire.

The overall aim of the research is to better understand how students with dyslexia transition into employment, the challenges they face in order to perform their role, and what support, if any, is offered by employers. The research hopes to inform future industry and university practice with the intention of making the transition from study to employment as smooth as possible for students with dyslexia.

If you would like to participate and you feel you meet the criteria, please get in touch with the University of Strathclyde using the contact details below.

Email: steven.paton@strath.ac.uk

Research: Dyslexia and the Impact of managerial Practices Research

I’m trying to determine whether or not there is a relationship between managerial practices, and the impact on people with dyslexia regarding employment stability.
The study involves the completion of a short questionnaire which is available online and will take approximately 40 minutes to complete. Please click on the weblink below to take part in the online questionnaire. 

Link - https://stirling.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/dyslexia-and-the-impact-of-managerial-practice-research

Secondly in-depth interviews are available for anyone who would like to contribute further to the research and should last approximately two hours.

If you would like to participate in an interview and want to find out more, please email me at: dps00002@students.stir.ac.uk

 

Research: Disclosing Dyslexia

West Lothian Dyslexia Network is undertaking a survey on Dyslexia and Disclosure to gain better insight to why people choose to disclose or not, and ways of supporting people with dyslexia.

You don't have to be from West Lothian to take part. A paper copy of the survey can be downloaded here.

 

Research - comparison of Scottish and Finnish Further Education

I am looking to compare the Scottish and Finnish education system.  I’m looking for graduates to answer the following questions:

-  What support did you get at college or university for your dyslexia? 

-  How easy was it to get the support?

-  Who provided the support?

-  How often did you meet with support staff?

-  Was the support enough to meet your needs?

-  What sort of techniques did you use to support your dyslexia?

-  Are you working in the field in which you graduated?

If possible, please send the name of the college or university you attended.  Please send your answers to ella.kanniala@ulapland.fi

 

CEB: Dyslexia and Psychometric Tests

CEB design psychometric tests used by recruiters to select candidates for jobs. They are currently researching the effect that dyslexia has on their online tests and are seeking participants to take part in their survey.

 

Dyslexia Tutors and Assessors Required To Trial New Software That Builds Confidence And Productivity For Dyslexic Writers

SprintPlus, is a relatively new piece of software that students and adults use to proof their written work either at school, university or work. We would like to invite dyslexia assessors or tutors from all areas to trial SprintPlus.  In return for your feedback we will give you a free license.

We believe that SprintPlus builds the confidence and productivity of dyslexic writers but we want your thoughts and comments.

For more information, please take a look at our demo video at www.sprintplus.co.uk and if you would like to take part simply indicate your interest by email to John Hicks at john.hicks@jabbla.com.

 

New research on visual issues

Teams from Bristol and Newcastle universities carried out eye tests on more than 5,800 children and did not find any differences in the vision of those with dyslexia. Report co-author Alexandra Creavin said eyesight was "very unlikely" to be the cause of such reading problems.The study draws on a long-term tracking study in the Bristol area, which has followed the health of more than 14,000 children since the 1990s.Click here to find out more.

Click here for a statement  on the research and the BBC article by the International Institute of Colorimetry. 

Click here for Dyslexia Scotland's leaflet on Visual Issues.