About Us

NTC members gave presentations at the B.D.A. 9th International Conference, 17 to 29 March 2014.

Welcome to the website of the British Dyslexia Association New Technologies Committee!

B.D.A. NTC is a committee of the British Dyslexia Association (B.D.A.), who over many years have been concerned with all aspects of technology and how they can assist dyslexic people.

Hear our pages.

For text to speech with dual highlighting, download free Browsealoud or drag the Browsealoud Plus link to your browser, courtesy of Texthelp.

Write to us.

Do leave a reply at the bottom of a page, or send your questions about I.C.T. and dyslexia directly to B.D.A. tech for a private, personal reply.

See more information.

British Assistive Technology Association

B.D.A. is a member of BATA, British Assistive Technology Association.

This page is only an introduction!  Click on the Pages links to the right, to go straight to pages with lots more detailed information. If you have an iPad, use Menu to see the Site Map on the right. For iPods and iPhones, go to the bottom of the page and select ‘View Full Site’. Then you can see the menu and have the opportunity to search. Or look at the Contents list.

More about NTC.

NTC members have a professional or personal interest in how people with dyslexia can use technology to help them develop strategies for coping with using literacy at school, college, work or everyday living.

Right to Read Campaign

The B.D.A. belongs to the Right to Read Campaign.

The expertise of the members of the committee includes dyslexics, teachers, I.T. professionals and parents.

We look at new developments in hardware and software and attempt to evaluate how useful they are in helping dyslexic people to work more independently.

See the profiles of B.D.A. NTC members Powerpoint.

This blog is complementary and additional to the main B.D.A. website, where you can find out about all other aspects concerning dyslexia.

Policy on Comments.

We have been very flattered by all the positive comments on the content of our site that we have received, but have decided that we shall only display the ones that are specific queries or are stimulating further discussion.  This is to stop the site becoming too cluttered.  Thanks for your support and hope you keep looking in!

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20 Responses to About Us

  1. We have noted your comments and moved some to relevant pages, so that it is easier for tablet users to scroll to the bottom of the page to call up the menu. Do add more comments, particularly of dyslexic experiences.

  2. Susan Curran says:

    Hi,
    I am a Learning Mentor at St. Joseph’s School, Rawmarsh; supporting a boy aged 8 who has dyslexia. He is very bright but finds reading and writing extremely frustrating despite all efforts to support this. Could you please advise if there is any soft ware that we could use in school that is easy to use (eg txt to speak?)

    Also please advise if there is any funding for this or do schools have to provide this from their budget. Also is worth the parents trying to claim desability allowance to help with this.

    Your advice in this matter would be appreciated.

    • There are a lot of suggestions in the pull down menus for ICT and writing and Literacy – as he is 8 a good starting point could be Clicker6 go to the http://www.cricksoft.com website to try it out.
      Depends on your LA, but I think most consider this should come from your SEN funding or pupil premium.
      Parents used to be able to claim DA but not so easy these days

  3. Hello just to see if can get this software to help me and see if can get this for my phone which is a samsung note 2 any info will be a help thanks

  4. Alvin says:

    Your style is so unique in comparison to other people I have read stuff from.
    Thanks for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I will just bookmark this site.

  5. Colin Nash says:

    My daughter is attending her second year of college studying outdoor pursuits. She has been diagnosed with Dyslexia and I was wondering what software would help, eg a dictation package as she falls behind on lectures as the majority are didactic. If you could recommend any computer aids for her I would be very grateful .

    • Has she had a disabled student assessment ? This would give her access to computer and software and support from the college disability officer. Also take a look at the Apps for Dyslexia page on bdatech.org, especially for sppech to text and text to speech options

  6. Hey there just wanted to give you a brief heads up and let
    you know a few of the images aren’t loading correctly.
    I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue. I’ve tried
    it in two different web browsers and both show the same results.

  7. Liam says:

    Do you have a contact number please? I’d prefer to enquire over the phone due to my dyslexia.
    Thank you.

  8. Ella says:

    Hello please help my son is almost 8 and has just been diagnosised with “very significant leaning issues” aka dyslexia….. I known this for at least two years. But what assisted technology is there around, how can I get a assessed technology assessment for him.
    We are based in Essex.
    As a dyslexic parent it breaks my heart to see him struggle, so want to help with anything I can.
    Please help
    Thank you

    • Provide him with access to a wordprocessor that will read text to him eg Clicker6 (www.cricksoft.com) and also provides him with talking wordbanks and text prediction- look at details on http://www.bdatech.org
      Ask your school to put you in touch with IT Support in the LA Learning Support Team for free or contact Dyslexia Action, where there will be some cost

  9. Catherine says:

    Hi I am 30 and just been assessed for for severe dyslexia I am looking to retrain now I could pass exams etc with help and looking into tools that can help. Woul a tablet or iPad be best??? And is there any help to buy them.

    Thankyou

    • Good to hear you are so positive ! Are you in work? If so you could look at getting an Access to Work assessment, which would mean you get the technology and training to use it, that you need. If you are at college, talk to your Disability Officer to help you get a Disabled Student Grant. If you do not qualify for either, have a look at other pages on our site. You probably need access to a wordprocessor that will read the text back to you; a screen reader to help you read documents and/or websites; text prediction (not like on a mobile) that will help you spell better.
      Good luck!
      BDA tech

  10. You do seem to have a problem! We cannot change the screen colour on this free WordPress web (and people like different colours.) You can download free Colour Explorer or free Screen Tinter Lite.
    There is also a free ATbar download; it gives choices for text size, colour, typeface, speech (without synchronisation), dictionary, readability and prediction. You can use it on all webs.
    You can find it at http://www.atbar.org
    If you use a screen reader, this will help your spelling as you can hear what you have written

    Software that provides this include ClaroView for PC and Screenshader for computers – both offer a free trial period – and Screen Adjuster, an app that works on Android phones and free Colour Explorer, Screen Tinter Lite, ATbar and Babelbar as on: http://bdatech.org/accessibility/
    An alternative low-tech solution is to get suitable sized plastic coloured overlays (try Amazon or Iansyst.co.uk). As the cost difference is not enormous, the software solution is probably better.

    You could consider having a Workplace Needs Assessment (either through a specialist organisation &/or Access to Work(funding)) to identify what would be the most appropriate solutions for you.

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