Using technology is a vital tool for learning for people with dyslexia.
Appropriate software and hardware can provide alternative means of learning, and strategies can be developed to enable the student to work with greater independence.
Learners (of all ages) will use these programs until they have acquired the skills and no longer need them, unlike assistive technology, which they may continue to use all their lives.
The learning programs may be for the following areas. All these overview pages have linked Word and PDF files of articles about single programs.
Literacy: reading and spelling.
Keyboard skills and handwriting.
Numeracy and Maths.
Study skills, such as improving memory and revising.
Dyslexia Friendly I.C.T. in schools.
NTC Committee Member, Victoria Crivelli wrote an I.C.T. supplement to the B.D.A. Dyslexia Friendly Schools pack. The pdf file, Technology for Literacy updated for 2013, indicates the features to look for in dyslexia friendly software.
The Rose Review.
In 2008, NTC members met Sir Jim Rose, who produced the Rose Review in 2009. Three of their presentations were:
- I.C.T. and Literacy, by Victoria Crivelli. Word file.
- Dyslexia Friendly Schools, by Judith Stansfield. PDF file.
- Supporting skills, by Abi James. PowerPoint file.
Home Versions of Software.
Some of the software resources that your children use in school are available in home versions at competitive prices.
Preparing for a Review.
If you are a parent who is anxious about a first Annual Review meeting, you could find some handy hints and reassurance from this brief PDF guide. Preparing for a Review Meeting.
Advice to Parents on preparing for a review meeting (plain text version)