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Birmingham Libraries Dyslexia Information Standard

It is estimated that one person in ten has some form of dyslexia.

A standard for dyslexia information has now been established in every library.

Birmingham Libraries has formed a partnership with DAB (Dyslexia Association of Birmingham) to establish a standard for access to information and referral for people with dyslexia at every library in the city.

In Central Library the information is featured in the Central Lending Library and Centre for the Child, as well as the much more detailed information coverage in the Social Science Library.

Every library has a range of books and information of relevance to parents and young children who need help and guidance with dyslexia.

These resources have been supported by training workshops for 80 library staff to enhance awareness of the varying and particular needs of customers with dyslexia.

A Spotlight pack for children and young people with dyslexia is now available as the latest in a series of information packs designed by Libraries Children and Young People Team for young people with special needs.

Supernova software is available in every library to support people in accessing electronic information.

This information provision is a significant step in the library services aim to improve access to people with dyslexia. Dyslexic people can face a number of problems in libraries, due to difficulty remembering instructions, confusion with places, times and dates, and poor sequencing, orientation and organisation skills. It can lead in many cases to anxiety, low self confidence and low self esteem. In aiming to improve services to all customers, and especially dyslexic people, libraries need to explore how access to information can be improved through better use of audio and visual guidance, alongside further staff awareness of the ways in which specific needs of dyslexic people can be recognised and supported.

Dyslexia information