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From time to time, Dyslexia Scotland receives requests for research participants or people to take part in surveys. 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 have any questions about any of the research listed, please use the contact details provided. 

Research requests should be send to [email protected] with a short summary of the research, contact details and a closing date. 

  • Focus groups on neurodiversity in online education

As part of a research project at King’s College London exploring neurodiversity in online education, researchers are seeking participants aged 18 years and older, who live in the UK, can fluently communicate in English, and who are currently studying for a campus-based degree which requires the use of an online learning platform. They are seeking both neurotypical and neurodivergent students.

Eligible participants will be asked to contribute to a focus group discussion where they will be asked to share their experience of online education, with the option to join either online or on campus at King’s College London.

Participants will receive a £10 shopping voucher as a thank you for participating in the focus group. If you are interested in joining, you can access all key information including the screening survey by clicking this link: https://tinyurl.com/neuronlined

Please contact Anne-Laure Le Cunff ([email protected]) if you have any questions. 

Website: https://neuronlined.org/

Closing date 30 June 2022

  • Survey for parents with a dyslexic young person who has undertaken SQA exams at school in April/May 2022 by Vivien Clarke 

The purpose of this survey is not to challenge individual schools or teachers.  I would like a wider picture of the needs of parents to learn more about entitlement to support.  Please be assured that no personal information such as names of individuals or schools will be divulged. 

Online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SQA_Exam_Support_2022

Click here for a paper copy of the survey. If you need a hard copy of the survey sent to you, please contact our Helpline.  

For any other queries, please email Vivien Clarke: [email protected]

Closing date 19 July 2022

  • Are you neurodiverse and an engineer?  

We are a team of researchers at the University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE) who are researching the experiences of neurodiverse engineers. We want to hear from you if you are Autistic (ASD/Asperger’s), Dyslexic, Dyspraxic, have ADHD, or another form of neurodiversity AND you trained as or work as an engineer.   

We are researching your experience in the engineering industry – we want to know more about how you found getting your job, how your organisation supports you, and what would improve the industry for neurodiverse employees. Any information you give will be anonymised so you or your organisation is not identifiable. We will draw on this information to develop a Framework for Neurodiversity Inclusion.  

You can take part in a survey online (the survey can be accessed via the link below and will take approximately 15 minutes to complete) https://uwe.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_em5QYDbRt4auRCK

And/ or you can take part in one-to-one online interviews, at a time that suits you.  Email [email protected] for more information the full Participant Information Sheet.

Closing date 15 July 2022

  • Dyslexia and Irlen Syndrome

I am an MSc student at Bangor University, currently running research on Dyslexia and Irlen Syndrome. I am looking at whether people with dyslexia perform differently from people without dyslexia in a shape from shading task that involves visual perceptual grouping of convex and concave elements. Participants will also complete a perceptual grouping task; to detect the concealed character within an array of convex and concave elements. There will also be a questionnaire to complete. The whole experiment should not last more than 30 minutes.

We are also in need of participants with Irlen syndrome, as we have a stimulus that we believe it might assess depth perception and we are currently evaluating its efficiency. To evaluate susceptibility to implicit visual cues in 3D shape, we require participants to complete two tasks: the LAMP, and the HONEYCOMB stimuli. If you are interested in participating, or have any questions, please contact the Researcher Marjola Peça: [email protected] or her Supervisor, Dr Ayelet Sapir: [email protected]

Closing date 1 July 2022

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Research findings

The role of a social worker is complex and dynamic, working in environments that can be equally challenging. The role involves working with and supporting individuals, families and communities. Therefore, the interventions required are wide ranging and involve many skills such as assessment, reading and writing. All these skills can be impacted by dyslexia. This study explores the impacts and influence that dyslexia has on social work practice from the experiences of those with a dyslexia identification.