More than 800 students at Tilburg University have a disability which
interferes with their studies. Twenty per cent of them (i.e. around 125
students) suffer from dyslexia.
This means that they are, to some degree, unable to use language effectively, which of course creates additional difficulties for students, since an ability to handle language efficiently and quickly is a prerequisite for studying.
If you experience problems with your studies because of dyslexia, you may be entitled to various special university facilities. The following are some of the adaptations that can be made:
- extended examination time or deferral of hand-in dates for certain written assignments
- an adapted study program or staggered examination schedule
- a separate examination room
- easily legible examination questions, larger font sizes and increased line spacing
- permission to record lectures
- financial allowances in the event that you fall behind with your studies (see: Financial assistance)
In order to qualify for educational facilities you will need to demonstrate the degree of your dyslexia. The results of a diagnostic assessment or tests performed by an educational psychologist can be used as documentary evidence. This evidence must not date back more than around six years (the start of secondary school).
If you were assessed a long time ago, it is possible that your dyslexia may now cause you fewer problems, whether as a result of remedial teaching or simply through experience.
Students with a disability who have questions about educational facilities or want advice on special arrangements or practical tips on how to manage their studies should contact the academic advisor of their school.