Exam support reform could spare students stress
The mother of a student with dyslexia says her daughter's psychological assessment qualifies her for entry to college through the special Dare scheme for applicants with a disability, but it didn't get her the support she needed in the Leaving Cert in recent weeks.
A place in college doesn't arise for the student this year because she didn't apply, telling her mother: "I cannot worry about any more this year", the mother told the Irish Independent.
Her daughter had been refused supports known as reasonable accommodations - in her case, a grammar and spelling waiver and a reader - to allow her overcome her disadvantage while sitting the exams. She was diagnosed as dyslexic in 2009 and received these supports for the Junior Cert.