A new accreditation has been launched for education organisations which take steps to make themselves more dyslexia-friendly. The New Zealand Dyslexia-Friendly Quality Mark is a collaboration between Ako Aotearoa and the Tertiary Education Commission. It's designed to encourage more inclusive environments for learners, trainees or clients with dyslexia - a learning disorder which affects about ten percent of the population.
The accreditation process will take four areas into account; management, the quality of teaching, the learning environment and the organisation's relationship with stakeholders. The quality mark will be the first of its kind in the southern hemisphere. Annette Van Lamoen is the adult literacy, numeracy and cultural capability project manager at Ako Aotearoa.