Jacqueline Caskey, Peter Freney


This exploration found that six of the 22 adult students with dyslexia presented with Meares Irlen Syndrome (MIS). This comorbidity was diagnosed in 27% of participants. Several adult students have no diagnosis of MIS, yet had symptoms of this condition. There was evidence that a further ten participants exhibited symptoms; some had a reaction to light when using computers; others had migraines when reading books or doing other visual work, and others had difficulty concentrating on written work for more than one hour.  It is a quandary for educators who support adult students with dyslexia, in preparing lesson plans for inclusion when there is limited research in the field of education and MIS. In this social constructionist study, 22 diagnosed adult students with dyslexia were interviewed within five Queensland Technical and Further Education (TAFE) Institutes/Colleges, regarding their reading and literacy abilities.


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