In Summary

  • SPELD Victoria is the peak body for Specific Learning Difficulties
  • The agreement will work to enhance the experience of students who suffer from Specific Learning Difficulties such as dyslexia.

Swinburne has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Specific Learning Difficulties Association (SPELD) Victoria to assist and support the experience of students who live with Specific Learning Difficulties.

SPELD Victoria, established 1969, is a not-for-profit organisation and charity that works to provide support for people with Specific Learning Difficulties, such as dyslexia. 

The partnership between Swinburne and SPELD will provide a range of initiatives, including:

  • Internships for Swinburne students to support SPELD Victoria’s business
  • A professional development program for Swinburne staff on Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Potential research projects in the area of Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Video, film and/or media projects showcasing aspects of Specific Learning Difficulties such as Dyslexia including inspiring stories of people with specific learning difficulties

“We are delighted to work with SPELD Victoria to contribute to the enhancement of the experience of students living with specific learning difficulties,” Anthony Gartner, Manager of Student Equity and AccessAbility services at Swinburne, says.

Professional development workshops targeting secondary students as they transition to university have already been established as part of the partnership.

‘Navigating VCE with a Specific Learning Difficulty’ took place in May 2017 and a follow-up workshop titled ‘Transitioning to TAFE or University with a Specific Learning Difficulty’ will be held on Thursday 29 June 2017.

Mr Gartner will be presenting at the upcoming event.