DAI is always keen to engage in and promote research on dyslexia and related topics. Below are some open research calls on dyslexia and related topics being undertaken in Irish universities.


Open Research Calls


Research on Assistive technology use and multidimensional stigma experiences for doctoral students with dyslexia

Are you interested in joining an international academic panel of experts in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), dyslexia and product-related stigma design? Eileen Healy is looking for 3 doctoral students with dyslexia to participate in the panel. You will be asked to co-design a Multidimensional Assistive Technology Stigma scale.

The study aims to develop a standardised questionnaire that is considered reliable and valid for measuring multidimensional stigma and assistive technology use for doctoral students with dyslexia in the academic workplace.

Phase 1: Building a preliminary questionnaire to gather data on the features of multidimensional stigma and assistive technology use for doctoral students.

Phase 2: Co-design a standardised multi-item psychometric scale to measure multidimensional stigma and assistive technology use for doctoral students with dyslexia in the academic workplace.

The questionnaire will shape stigma-free design for dyslexic users and shape HCI designs.

Eileen Healy is a PhD student in the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems, University of Limerick. Eileen is a PhD student with dyslexia and dyscalculia.

If you have any queries or would like to participate, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Eileen at or contact Dr Mikael Fernström (PI) at This study is part of a wider realist review and realist evaluation to understand how assistive technology interventions work (or not), in what circumstances and why for doctoral students with dyslexia. UL ethic Ref: 2021_04_10_S&E.


Research to learn more about specific learning difficulties

Researchers from the University of Edinburgh want to find out more about the lived experience of dyslexia, dyscalculia or dysgraphia in the UK and Ireland – either those expressing personal views or on behalf of someone they care for. They want to gain a better understanding of the challenges involved and how future research can help those with specific learning difficulties.

The survey asks questions about specific learning difficulties – experiences around identification, diagnosis and finding support. They also wish to study whether experiences differ by demographic information like age and gender. All responses are optional, and the survey should take approx.10-15 minutes to complete.

Full details about the survey are at this Survey Link. The survey is open until 30th September 2022. For any further information, please contact


Research on Dyslexia and Online Security

Are you interested in taking part in research on dyslexia and online security? DCU researchers are seeking adults with dyslexia to interview for a project on “Dyslexia impact on online privacy and security – a case study focused on phishing attacks”. The interviews with people with dyslexia aim to develop an understanding of the impact of dyslexia on online privacy and security. The project ultimately aims to design guidelines to be considered in building accessibility into security and privacy mechanisms.

Adults will be asked to participate in an interview which can be done online (e.g. on Zoom) or over the phone. The interviews are expected to take around 20 minutes. The questions are mainly related to your experience with using various devices and online services and the security and privacy mechanisms in place (e.g. passwords, privacy policies).

If you are interested in taking part you can contact Dr Irina Tal at or you can read more info at


Research on Experiences of Career Guidance in Further and Higher Education for neurodiverse individuals

Looking for adults with dyslexia to take part in a research interview!

Teresa Stapleton is looking for people over 18 years of age with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Dyslexia, or Dyspraxia.  She would like to hear about your experiences of career guidance during your education.

The survey is totally anonymous and should take around 10 to 20 minutes to complete.  Participating in this survey is completely voluntary and you can pause or withdraw from the survey at any time up until you submit it. Click on the link below to do this survey.

Survey Link

This research is being carried out by Teresa Stapleton as part of her MSc. in Guidance Counselling at Dublin City University.  If you have any questions or concerns about this research, please don’t hesitate to email her at or her supervisor Aisling Murray Fleming at, School of Human Development, DCU.


Research on Guidance Counselling and Dyslexia

Looking for adults with dyslexia to take part in a research interview!

Dermot Fallon is looking for adults with dyslexia aged 18-30 years of age who are willing to share their past experiences of guidance counselling at secondary school and about their career decisions since school.

Dermot is doing this research project for his MA in Guidance Counselling in University of Limerick. The interview can be in person or online and will take up to 30 minutes. For more information and to volunteer, please contact Dermot on:

UL ethics no: 2022_02_29_EHS (ER).  As a thank you, participants will be entered into a prize draw to win a €50 one4all gift card.


Research Exploring Teachers’ Opinions on the Most Beneficial Strategies and Methods to Support Students with Dyslexia in an Irish Primary School Setting

As part of her Montessori degree, Naomi O’Dolan is conducting research to explore teachers’ opinions as to what are the most beneficial strategies and methods to support students with dyslexia in an Irish Primary School Setting. The study will involve completion of a short online interview via Google Forms. Teachers will be asked to consent to take part in the study and will be free to choose not to participate at any point in the process if they so wish. The research is concerned with meaning, not location and is not situation specific. Your school will not be mentioned by name in the published dissertation and teachers’ responses will be kept entirely confidential and anonymous.

Teachers who are interested in participating should contact Naomi at 0831699548 or or


Research on “To What Extent is the Government achieving its obligation under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities when it comes to Employment Services?”

As part of a Master’s in Public Policy in Dublin City University, Tina O’Rahilly is researching the experience of people with disabilities and the services available to them when it comes to employment. She is looking for adults with various disabilities, including dyslexia, to complete a short online survey. The survey consists of 10 questions and should take approx. 10 minutes to complete. Your replies will be anonymous and there is no option on the survey for you to put in any of your personal details. Completion of this survey is completely voluntary. Returning the survey through the submit link at the end of the survey indicates your consent for use of the answers you supply.

If you would like to take part you can access the survey at

If you have queries about the research you can contact Tina directly at