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Enabling Technologies (Part 4). Google Docs and Chrome Extensions supporting Study Skills.

This article is 4th and final part of our series on built-in enabling tools, looking at a range of tools available through the Chrome browser. If you type ‘Chrome Extensions for Dyslexia’ into Google you will be amazed how many … Continue reading

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Enabling Technologies (Part 3). Windows 10 and Microsoft Office latest developments

In the last two articles we have looked at tools that are built into iPads and Macs that can help with reading, writing and overcoming common issues associated with dyslexia. In this article, we will focus on the features now … Continue reading

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Enabling Technologies (Part 2): Mac OS

Continuing our series of articles exploring some of the useful features available on the devices we own, Robert McLaren from Diversity and Ability (https://www.dnamatters.co.uk) draws our attention to some of those offered on a Mac. The images and location of … Continue reading

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Enabling Technologies (Part 1). Tools built into iPhones and iPads

 Introduction to Enabling Technologies on the iPad. In recent years, the range of accessibility features now found within the basic operating systems of the latest computers and mobile devices have become more extensive. Some now offer a range of options that … Continue reading

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Articles from Contact Magazine

Enabling Technologies- Part 1  Introduction In recent years, the range of accessibility features now found within the basic operating systems of the latest computers and mobile devices have become more extensive. Some now offer a range of options that were … Continue reading

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Jisc on exams

The Joint Information Systems Committee, (see Wikipedia description of Jisc) has issued guidelines for digital examinations, like the Scottish ones posted recently. B.D.A. NTC contributed to these guidelines. They encourage schools to take advantage of digital exam formats for print-impaired … Continue reading

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Talking in exams

CALL Scotland announced a project about Talking in Exams, i.e. writing by Speech Recognition with particular reference to Dragon Naturally Speaking and ReadQ SpeakQ. This is particularly relevant for English examinations when scribes cannot be used, but Speech Recognition can. … Continue reading

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Literacy Toolbox

We have added Eddie Carron’s free Perceptual Learning software, Literacy Toolbox, to the Study Skills page. Structured synthetic phonics teaching is essential. After that, masses of reading experience is vital. The Literacy Toolbox provides hundreds of short texts, with comprehension … Continue reading

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MPs and Peers

Google Alerts flags a presentation, for MPs and Peers, by AbilityNet and others, including Abi James and Neil Cottrell of B.D.A. New Technologies Committee, today 20 January 2015. Digital access by and for disabled people: technology showcase for MPs and … Continue reading

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A.T. webinar

Abi James, NTC Chair, presented a B.D.A. webinar on Assistive Technology in Examinations. Here are PDF and Powerpoint versions of her presentation. It is good that schools are increasing their use of Computer Readers and Exam pens in Examinations. © … Continue reading

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Updated pages

updated pages Cheryl Dobbs has done a major revision of our Apps page for all facilities that support dyslexia. She has added some, deleted a few, and revised the description and comments on most of the items. There is now … Continue reading

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Free webinars

CALL Scotland has some free, short webinars in May and June. CALL stands for Communication, Access, Literacy and Learning, but it means Assistive Technology. The webinars include: Calibre to manage e-books. BitsBoard App for the iPad.7 My StudyBar. Clicker Connect. … Continue reading

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A.T. Case study

A blog was posted on 10 April 2014, about a senior Microsoft Assistive Technology staff member. He helped two dyslexic workers, but he learned about the software for his own benefit, as well as showing it to them. One worker … Continue reading

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‘Monster’ for literacy

‘Teach your monster to read’ is an excellent on-line, free, early literacy games program for Windows and Mac, with an app coming soon. It is sponsored by the Usborne Foundation. Children will learn to read letter-sounds and some letter-groups, relevant … Continue reading

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NTC presentations

Members of the B.D.A. NTC were involved in a range of presentations at the 9th B.D.A. International Conference, 27 to 29 March 2014. This page provides summaries of each talk and links to open or download their slides. © B.D.A. … Continue reading

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Free workshops

Publishers and suppliers provide a lot of training and support. They have open days and workshops for prospective customers and for users of their products. They also have videos and guideline documents online. Some of them are listed on our … Continue reading

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JPE review

Two pupils in the B.D.A. Children Will Shine project in Peterborough are making good use of a Jolly Phonics Extra kit with a Talking Pen. The specialist teacher in charge, Jacqueline Swift, reports their enjoyment. More comments come from a … Continue reading

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Apps wheel

CALL Scotland has produced a ‘wheel’ of apps for dyslexia learners and users who have reading and writing difficulties, as an A3 poster. You can see or down-load the poster as a PDF file. Note that all the app titles … Continue reading

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Mobile technology

Kevin Brunton has revised our page about Mobile Technology. It is good that there are now so many mainstream devices that support dyslexic users. Recent research suggests that dyslexic people find reading easier on iPods etc. It is logical that … Continue reading

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Samples for TTS

A new page, Writing for TTS, gives details of ways for you to make text easier for listening with Text to Speech software. It starts with a 10-point list published in B.D.A. Dyslexia Contact magazine, September 2013. Then there is … Continue reading

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