Dyslexia tests are on offer

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WEARSIDERS who fear they may suffer from dyslexia can take part in a free screening session this week.

Remploy’s specialist employment services branch in Sunderland, which supports people with disabilities and health conditions, has a series of sessions.

The event is in support of this year’s Dyslexia Awareness Week, in association with The National Careers Service.

According to the British Dyslexia Association, 10 per cent of the British population has dyslexia, four per cent with severe dyslexia.

Remploy’s screening sessions will include an informal conversation about concerns and any family history of dyslexia, followed by a recognised assessment designed to identify known traits of the condition.

If a more detailed assessment is needed, a computer-based test will be offered, followed by detailed feedback.

“Should the screening reveal that a person has dyslexia, we will advise them to seek advice from health professionals who will be able to interpret our results and offer further assistance,” said Remploy employment advisor Jill Mullaney.

“We would encourage anybody who believes they have issues with literacy or interpreting information to come along – dyslexia is commonplace, as are coping strategies to support people with dyslexia.”

The free tests are available at Remploy’s city centre branch on John Street.