Getting started


People with dyslexia and related disabilities may have problems accessing the written word. Using technology can not only help to overcome the initial learning process, but can also be used to provide lifelong support strategies. A modern computer can provide a multisensory environment where sound and images can be used to supplement the written word and calculations.

If you have broadband, free SKYPE and a web-cam will enable your child to discuss homework with friends online, at no extra cost.

Franklin dictionary spellchecker

Franklin dictionary spellchecker

Other items of technology can also be supportive:

Wordbar with Word

Wordbar with Word

Parents of dyslexic children and dyslexic adults seeking the way forward could start with this basic toolkit:

TTS for Neo

Alphasmart Neo

These are desirable but not essential items that can be added later:

  • CD-Writer.
  • USB Memory card.
  • Scanner.
  • Digital camera.
  • Portable writing aid e.g. AlphaSmart Neo, Netbook, Extra support, e.g. Franklin spellcheckers, trackerball, handheld voice recorder, headphones.
Scanning pen

Scanning pen

A Local Dyslexia Association I.C.T. Co-ordinator or a school S.E.N. Department may want to collect a toolkit that can be used to assess the needs, and support their dyslexic students, and this would be a good starting point:

  • PC computer.
  • Access to the Internet and email.
  • Printer.
  • Selection of support software on the computer.
  • Collection of free demo cd roms of useful software.
  • Wordprocessor, e.g. M.S. Word.
  • Data-base for storing references and/or contacts.
  • Selection of peripherals for evaluation.
  • Classmate or Kindle e-book, see Kindle comments.
  • Scanning pen.

See an NTC article, Not a Magic Cure, Word and PDF files.

© BDA New Technologies Committee. May 2014.
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