The Association of Dyslexia Specialists in Higher Education

was formed in 2001 to represent  dyslexia specialists working in Higher Education to:

  • share knowledge and inform good practice
  • work towards establishing parity of provision so that any dyslexic student will be assured of appropriate support throughout the HE sector.
  • avoid unnecessary duplication of work.
  • establish commonly accepted codes of good practice.
  • help tutors to share experiences and overcome feelings of isolation.

Who are we?

Over  650 dyslexia tutors and specialists with over 70 HEIs as Institutional Members.

ADSHE focuses specifically on the issues affecting university students, including transition into HE and transition out into the workplace.  ADSHE provides a focused network for dyslexia specialists in HE where the concerns are different to the wider educational environment where other groups  (e.g. BDA or PATOSS) provide support.

We provide

  • an annual Conference every June which gives all members an opportunity to meet,  share ideas and concerns and to attend a number of specialist workshops
  • a professional development day every September  [members only]
  • professional indemnity insurance [members only]
  • regional group meetings
  • specialist training and CPD events.
  • a members’ only discussion forum

We also work closely with other organisations in the HE / DSA sector to ensure that high quality standards apply to support for dyslexic students, that the role of a dyslexia tutor is fully understood by policy makers and funding bodies, and we work with organisations representing Access Centres and Needs Assessors to ensure that the latest strategies for student learning and assistive technology are understood by all.  ADSHE is represented on a number of high level groups in the sector.