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  BRAINHE

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www.BRAINHE.com is a non-commercial/non-profit making resource website for students and staff in higher educationBRAINHE is designed to help students with specific learning differences and staff working with them.

www.BRAINHE.com is packed full of resources including advice for staff on teaching strategies for neurologically diverse students,  useful material on all types of neurodiversity, and learning strategies for students.

 

www.BRAINHE.com aims to improve the higher education sector’s response to neurodiversity, including dyspraxia, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, Asperger’s, AD(H)D, Tourette syndrome, Meares-Irlen and aspects of mental health.

 

www.BRAINHE.com has great accessibility including a text reader and changeable text style, size, colour and background colour to suit the viewer.  Brainhe includes video and audio interviews with a wide range of students.

 

www.BRAINHE.com is run by National Teaching Fellow Dr David Pollak and is funded by the Higher Education Academy via the National Teaching Fellowship award scheme. It is a working project consistently updated with new material.

 

In recent years, the range of neurodiversity found in university students has been widening.  We have been seeing steady increases in numbers identified as dyspraxic and as ADDers, and in particular Asperger’s and mental health issues are becoming much more evident. It may be that this situation parallels that of dyslexia in the mid 1990s, when students who had had Statements at school started arriving at university in greater numbers and looking for the continuation of their learning support. There is also more awareness of neurodiversity, partly through the work of bodies such as DANDA, the Developmental Adult Neurodiversity Association. Alongside these developments, there was a ten-fold increase between 1995 and 2005 in the number of higher education students known to be dyslexic. University staff need clearly need information about neurodiversity in students. There is also a need for students, especially those who have just been assessed and identified, to find out about the nature of neurodiversity and the support available.

The BRAIN.HE project is working on a national online resource (www.brainhe.com) which aims to improve the higher education sector’s response to neurodiversity, including dyspraxia, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, Autism Spectrum (including Asperger’s), Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Tourette’s syndrome, acquired brain injury and mental health.

 

There are several principles which the project adheres to:

 

We believe that our website is unique in bringing together information about a wide range of types of brain, and in doing so with specific reference to higher education. It also includes advice on assistive technology and links to relevant websites. We have published our own essays on the social model of disability and on Tourette’s syndrome.

We are aware that in common with most websites, our internet pages are very text-heavy. Although the Talkbar helps, we need to convert some of the information to diagrammatic form (and design future pages in that way from the start).

Our first attempt at adding an online forum to the site had to be withdrawn because of spam problems, but we intend to persevere. There is however a blog on the site. We welcome feedback on the project in general, which can be sent by visiting the ‘contact us’ page.