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Overcoming Dyslexia with Assistive Technology: Unlocking a World of Possibilities

Written by Jenny Scott on 02 Oct 2023

Dyslexia can have a significant impact on learning and academic outcomes the evidence speaks for itself. Go Red for Dyslexia is a global campaign designed to highlight the challenges that people with dyslexia must overcome and remove the stigma associated with it and we are passionate about their mission – why, because it is personal!  

I come from a family of diagnosed and undiagnosed dyslexics, it is a family filled with doctors, engineers, and teachers. My company is also home to a workforce where around 50% are dyslexic, it is an amazing place to work.  

So, what would the people I know tell you about the AT tools they find to help them be their best in their academic and professional lives.  


Text-to-Speech Software: 

One of the most effective tools for individuals with dyslexia is text-to-speech software. These applications can read aloud written text, allowing dyslexic individuals to listen to content rather than struggling to decipher it visually. Programs like "Read & Write", "Read Speaker Text Aid" and inbuilt read aloud tech can be really useful. They not only help with reading assignments but also assist in proofreading written work, reducing errors and improving overall writing quality. 

Grammarly also gets rave reviews from those I know that use it along with Medincle for those in the healthcare sector! 


Audiobooks and E-books: 

Audiobooks and e-books have revolutionised reading for individuals with dyslexia. These formats provide access to an extensive library of literature without the barriers of traditional printed text. Audiobooks allow dyslexic individuals to absorb information through their auditory channels, improving comprehension and enjoyment. 


Speech Recognition Software: 

For those with dyslexia, typing can be a daunting task. Speech recognition software like TalkType , Dragon NaturallySpeaking or Google's speech-to-text technology enables users to speak their thoughts, which are then transcribed into text. This reduces the anxiety and frustration often associated with typing and allows individuals to focus on expressing their ideas. 


Dyslexia-Friendly Fonts and Backgrounds: 

Some fonts and background colour combinations can be particularly challenging for individuals with dyslexia. However, there are specialised fonts like "Dyslexie" and "Open Dyslexic" that make reading more accessible. These fonts incorporate design elements that make it easier to differentiate between letters, reducing visual confusion. 


Organisation and Planning Apps: 

Executive functioning can be a challenge for individuals with dyslexia. Assistive technology can help with organisation and planning, reducing stress and enhancing productivity. Aspire offer a great organisational app that users can use along with tutors which can be hugely helpful. It supports with tools for creating to-do lists, setting reminders, and efficient task management. 


Customizable Screen Settings: 

Modern devices allow users to customise screen settings, such as text size, font style, and background colour. Tailoring these settings to individual preferences can significantly improve the reading experience for those with dyslexia.  


Assistive tech can really transform the educational and working lives of individuals with dyslexia These technologies not only facilitate academic success but also boost self-confidence and open a world of both personal and professional opportunities. Join us in going Red for Dyslexia this October 

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