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:


  • Handheld tape recorder, mp3 player or iPOD.
  • Franklin spellchecker for primary children.
  • Franklin credit card sized spellchecker or dictionary spellcheck.
  • Digital camera.
  • Scanner.
  • Printer.
  • Electronic diary with reminders such as phone app or online.
  • Tablet or iPad.
  • Laptop notebook.
  • Scanning pen.
  • Nintendo with Brain Training program.
  • E-book or eBook app.


Clicker on an iPad

Clicker on an iPad

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


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


  • USB Memory card or flash drive.
  • Pen Scanner.
  • Digital camera.
  • Portable writing aid e.g.Android Tablet, iPad, or a lightweight laptop or Netbook such as a Chromebook.
  • 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.
  • Links to online trials available for useful software.
  • Wordprocessor, e.g. M.S. Word.
  • Data storage ideas for references and/or contacts.
  • Selection of peripherals for evaluation.
  • Kindle e-book, see Kindle comments.
  • Scanning pen.


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

© B.D.A. New Technologies Committee. August 2018.
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