Useful links

There are lots of resources and organisations out there dedicated to dyslexia and other learning differences. Explore the links below to find out more.

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Other useful resources

'Understanding Dyslexia' by Jill Hammond and Ruth MacPherson (published by Glasgow School of Art) provides a helpful explanation of the nature of dyslexia.

Farmers with Dyslexia

The National Farmers Union for Scotland launched a campaign in September 2014 to raise awareness about the issues faced by farmers with dyslexia.

This video produced by Border Life shows a farming family talking about how dyslexia has affected their lives.

In association with Scottish Trades Union Congress 

The STUC Disabled Workers Committee offers this useful brief paper to help Union members support members with dyslexia. Click here to download the guide.

Scottish Union Learning has also produced this useful Guide for Union Learning representatives, in liaison with Dyslexia Scotland and other partners.

ENQUIRE

The following links to ENQUIRE factsheets and guides will give you general information about additional support needs, mediation and dispute resolution.  ENQUIRE is the Scottish advice service for additional support for learning and is managed by Children in Scotland and funded by the Scottish Government.

Dyslexia organisations supporting people with dyslexia

British Dyslexia Association (BDA)  The BDA works for a dyslexia-friendly society.  www.bdadyslexia.org.uk

Dyslexia Scotwest  For everyone affected by dyslexia in the west of Scotland.  www.dyslexiasw.com

Adult Dyslexia Organisation  An organisation that specifically supports dyslexic adults. www.adult-dyslexia.org

Dyslexia websites

Being Dyslexic  A useful site featuring a forum. www.beingdyslexic.co.uk

The Dyslexia Research Trust   www.dyslexic.org.uk

Xtraordinary People Raising awareness and funding dyslexia training for teachers www.xtraordinarypeople.com

Association of Dyslexia Specialists in Higher Education (ADSHEwww.adshe.org.uk

Dyslexia shops

SEN Marketing - www.senbooks.co.uk

Crossbow Education Ltd - www.crossboweducation.co.uk

IANSYST - www.iansyst.com IANSYST sells hardware and software specifically designed for dyslexic people.

The Dyslexia Shop - www.thedyslexiashop.co.uk

Barrington Stoke - www.barringtonstoke.co.uk This bookseller has a wide range of books suitable for reluctant readers.  Using a specialised font and tinted paper these books are ideally suited for dyslexic readers. 

Other useful websites

Books for All provides books in accessible formats for pupils in Scotland who have difficulty with ordinary printed text, including those with dyslexia. There is a wide range of books on this website, including exam revision materials.   

CALL Scotland Communication and Assistive Technology for People with Disabilities www.callscotland.org.uk

CHIP+ Children in the Highlands Information Point – provides information, advice and support to families who have a child with a disability or special needs. They also support the professionals who work with them. www.chipplus.org.uk

Edinburgh Libraries and Information Services - This link provides useful information about Resources for Adults with Dyslexia.

ENQUIRE  The Scottish Advice Service for Additional Support for Learning www.enquire.org.uk

Food and Behaviour Research A charity providing research on the link between nutrition and behaviour. 
www.fabresearch.org

for Scotland's Disabled Children (fSDC) A coalition of organisations and individuals set up to secure rights and justice for disabled children and young people. Dyslexia Scotland is an active member of this coalition. www.fsdc.org.uk/ 

Pupil Inclusion Network Scotland (PINS) is a national network funded by the Scottish Government Learning Directorate. Their focus is on educational inclusion, equalities, attainment, health and wellbeing. The network operates online and their interests range from the early years through to post school learning. Membership is free: www.pinscotland.org

Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) The national accreditation and awarding body in Scotland. www.sqa.org.uk

University of Nottingham For teachers and tutors supporting pupils with dyslexia. 

Young Minds A UK charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.  www.youngminds.org.uk

Young Scot Help with life’s big decisions for young people aged 11 - 26 at the following link:  www.youngscot.org

Careerjet - this search engine has a range of jobs involving work with people with dyslexia www.careerjet.co.uk/dyslexia-jobs

Neurodiversity and Employment - website with information relating to neurodiversity and work

Other learning difficulties

Dyscalculia
There are a number of sites covering this subject:

Highland Developmental Coordination Disorder Group
Support for parents of children with developmental coordination disorders www.hdcd.org.uk

The Dyspraxia Foundation Provides information on the learning difficulty dyspraxia www.dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk

The National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service (ADDISS) This organisation provides information and resources on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder to parents, people with the condition, teachers and health professionals www.addiss.co.uk

The Scottish Society for Autism Information and support for people with and affected by autism www.autism-in-scotland.org.uk

LEAD Scotland (Linking Education And Disability) has an 'Information guide for disabled learners and carers: Post-school Learning Choices in Scotland'

This guide contains information relating to a range of both formal and informal learning opportunities in Scotland, including:

· Community learning

· Further education courses at college

· Vocational training and apprenticeships

Speech and language

Association For All Speech Impaired Children  Advice and resources on speech impairment www.afasic.org.uk

ASLTIP  The Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Practice  www.helpwithtalking.com

Learning and technology

Professional Learning Find (formerly CPD Find) is a database of continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities from providers all over Scotland and beyond www.ltscotland.org.uk/cpdfind/

AbilityNet Scotland Help with technology for anyone with learning difficulties www.abilitynet.org.uk

Assist - IT Training on technologies that help people with dyslexia in their work.  www.assist-IT.org.uk

Eduapps  The site includes a newly launched free toolbar, MyStudyBar. This floating toolbar supports learners with literacy difficulties/dyslexia  www.eduapps.org

Home Schooling

Education Otherwise  Advice for families whose children are being educated outside school  www.educationotherwise.net/                                           

Schoolhouse  For parents and young people starting out in home education  www.schoolhouse.org.uk

Audio books

Books for All provides books in accessible formats for pupils in Scotland who have difficulty with ordinary printed text, including those with dyslexia. There is a wide range of books, including exam revision materials.

Calibre  Calibre Audio Library provides a free nationwide postal service of audio books www.calibre.org.uk

Listening Books  A postal, online and downloadable library of audio books.  www.listening-books.org.uk

Professional bodies

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) A regulator set up to protect the public.  It keeps a register of health professionals (psychologists) who meet our standards for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health www.hpc-uk.org 

British Psychological Society  Provides contact details for registered psychologists.  Psychologists registered on a voluntary basis  www.bps.org.uk

CReSTeD  The Council for the Registration of Schools Teaching Dyslexic Pupils www.crested.org.uk

PATOSS  Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties  www.patoss-dyslexia.org

Scottish Council of Independent Schools  Information on independent schools in Scotland  www.scis.org.uk

COSCA  Provides contact details of counsellors throughout Scotland.  It also has an excellent film called 'Person to Person' which is COSCA's guide to counselling.  For more information visit the website: www.cosca.org.uk

Further reading

Our leaflets have some recommended books for further reading.  If you would like advice about which may benefit you more, call the Helpline on 0344 800 8484.

If you or someone you know has dyslexia, you can also get support from your local branch.