The summary and final report of the Accessible Resources Pilot Project is now available:
“The project confirms that making teaching materials available to print and visually impaired pupils in an appropriate electronic form along with access technologies to read them can make a significant difference to their reading, writing, confidence, development and inclusion.”
The project converted 132 textbooks to Word and gave laptops with Text to Speech software to 40 print-impaired pupils, in 3 areas.
“Dyslexic pupils benefited most from using text to speech software, both for reading and writing. The software was able to read MS Word documents and accessible web pages directly. 74% changed the settings on their computers, most changing the font size, the colour background or using highlighting of text as it is read out loud.”
E.A. Draffan, of NTC, wrote the evaluation in the report.