Dyslexia-friendly quality mark

Our Adult Literacy, Numeracy and Cultural Capability team are leading a project for Aotearoa New Zealand, funded by the Tertiary Education Commission, called the Dyslexia-Friendly Quality Mark (DFQM) project. The purpose of this work is to acknowledge expertise and best practice in Tertiary Education Organisations (TEOs) in supporting learners with dyslexia.

There are benefits for both learners, educators and TEOs. Apart from providing organisations with the opportunity to improve the quality of their provision for learners with dyslexia, the Dyslexia-Friendly Quality Mark is a vehicle to improve enrolments, and effectively promote the organisation to this important group (which represents up to 10% of our adult population).

Having the DFQM will be a signifier of a TEO's status as a follower of best practice in meeting the needs of learners with dyslexia.

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The DFQM project is progressing well and we invite you to sign up to updates on its further development.

Dyslexia resources


Helen Lomax, Director of Ako Aotearoa, and Mike Styles, Dyslexia Practitioner, introduce the Dyslexia-Friendly Quality Mark - an exciting initiative to change the culture of the tertiary education sector to better support learners with dyslexia and other forms of neurodiversity.

Mike Styles, Dyslexia Practitioner, discusses how learners with dyslexia can be supported within tertiary education, the benefits of this support to both learners and organisations along with the positive aspects of dyslexia.