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Many people are surprised to learn that around 10% of the population is affected by dyslexia. Dyslexia is neurological in nature. It impacts a person’s ability to process words phonologically, affecting his or her ability to read, spell and write.

A person with dyslexia may also have difficulties in other areas associated with learning including memory and mathematical ability. It should be a priority for educators to create a learning environment where all students feel safe and are able to learn. Universal Design in Learning (UDL) addresses this by encouraging educators to consider the needs of people with dyslexia and other learning challenges when designing curriculum, materials and the environment (CAST, 2018).

Students with dyslexia often experience low self-esteem, and so it is important to consider the well-being of these learners and refer them to counselling if needed. Evidence suggests that adolescents and adults with dyslexia may also benefit from individual tutoring – especially that which focuses on strategy-building for perceived areas of difficulty.

Above all, it is imperative that educators approach all learners with empathy and respect, and a commitment to helping all students reach their fullest potential. It is hoped that this course has helped raise awareness about ways that we can do that for students with dyslexia.

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