Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology

There is a wide range of PC hardware and software as well as a number of handheld devices that are specifically designed to make life easier for people with dyslexia.  These are all included within the heading of “Assistive Technology”.  Examples of the technology that are suitable for people of all ages are provided below.

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Speech recognition software. This allows users to dictate or talk to a computer that uses software to convert this to text.  This is clearly of interest to individuals that might otherwise have difficulty with spelling or writing emails, reports or other written communications.


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Text-to-speech software. This allows individuals to understand written material they are presented with and to proof-read or check their own work.


Mind mapping software. This is specifically designed to allow dyslexics to plan their work more effectively.


Scanning software and hand reading pens. These allow the user to store and listen to the text found in books and other documents.


Spell checkers that are specifically designed with dyslexia in mind to automatically make corrections to written communications.



There are smartpens that can be used to write text, but which track the text being written and recreate the notes in digital form.  The pen can then upload the text to a smart phone, PC or tablet to allow further processing or electronic distribution.   A number of different models are available on the market, each with different strengths and weaknesses.


Tablets, Smartphones and Applications. There are a wide range of hardware platforms and software applications that can help individuals to manage their time and task list more effectively or work in conjunction with other hardware devices such as smartpens.


Computer based learning programs. These are specifically written for dyslexics and can help to sharpen their skills in reading, writing, touch-typing and numeracy.

Individual Assistive Technology Advice Session

During a one or two hour session you can discuss your needs, find out more about what is available and discover what is best for you.

Individual Assistive Technology Training Courses

The length of the course is negotiable dependent upon individual need. Typically, we recommend:

• 6 – 12 hours for Dragon Naturally Spelling Voice Recognition

• 6 – 9 hours for TextHELP Read&Write Text-to-speech

• 2 – 4 hours for Mind Mapping programs.

Funding towards the cost of training may be available, for eligible individuals, from Access to Work.

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Gadgets & Gizmos Presentation

This is a two hour presentation and demonstration of Assistive Technology Including:

• Speech Recognition, Text to Speech, Mind Mapping, Games etc.

• Apps for iPads, Android Tablets, and Smartphones

• Free Resources for PC

• Smartpens, Dictaphones and Handheld Devices

The above assistive technology can help with:

• Reading, Writing, Spelling, Note Taking, Studying

• Organisation, Time Management

The demonstration is delivered regularly at our centre in Nottingham and by arrangement for organisations/groups in their own venues.

Assistive Technology Workshops

These demonstrations are taster sessions for groups of between 4 – 6 people. They last for 3 hours and provide opportunities for groups of colleagues to find out more about available assistive technology and ‘have a go’.

Training can be provided at our Nottingham centre or on client premises, if suitable facilities are available. This may incur an extra cost.