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If you suspect that you are dyslexic, there are several tools available that can help you to get a better understanding.

Screening tests can give an indication of possible dyslexic difficulties. They are often free or available online for a small charge but they cannot provide a diagnosis and are not 100% accurate.

Diagnostic Assessment

Dyslexia can only be formally identified through a Diagnostic Assessment carried out by a certified assessor. Assessments are not available through the NHS.

The advantage of a formal diagnosis is that dyslexia is covered by the Equality Act 2010, this means that education institutions and the workplace have a duty to take this into account and therefore make reasonable adjustments to accommodate your difficulties.

Many people also find it reassuring to have a formal diagnosis as it helps them to understand the reason behind their difficulties. A further benefit of a Diagnostic Assessment is that the final report details the strengths as well as the weaknesses of the individual and helps them to understand how to make the most of their abilities.

The BDA can offer advice and arrange Diagnostic Assessments. Find out more on the BDA Assessments webpage.