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ICT to Support Learners with Dyslexia

by Craig Mill

on Mon Jan 09, 2017

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Technology to support learners with literacy difficulties such as dyslexia can make a big difference.

Windows computer icon with text to speech

Using free resources provided by CALL Scotland such as WordTalk, the Scottish Voices, Books for All, combined with a range of Windows built-in tools, free downloads and commercial software, support technology should be available to everyone. 

The infograph highlights a range of support tools that are compatible with the Windows Operating System (OS) into 5 categories:

  • Text-to-speech
  • Computer Voices
  • Colour Contrast and Highlighting
  • Speech Recognition 
  • Word Prediction

Find out more and download the Technology to Support Dyslexia infograph.

Find out about our half day seminar "Supporting Learners with Dyslexia Using Technology when the CALL Scotland team will be sharing knowledge and expertise on a wide range of hardware, software and apps that can support dyslexic learners to meet their learning objectives.

Spelling, Grammar and Autotext in Word

Microsoft Word icon

Due to layout and space restrictions, some tools have been omitted, although they play an important part in supporting literacy. For example, the Spelling and Grammar checker in Microsoft Word can help learners to identify and amend spelling and grammar mistakes. The keyboard shortcut F7 is a quick way to identify spelling errors. 

Also in Microsoft Word AutoText and AutoCorrect can be used to automatically correct common spelling errors such as ‘teh’ to ‘the’ or ‘acomodation’ to ‘accommodation’.

Reading Accessible Books on a Windows computer

Using a Windows computer, whether a desktop or tablet, is a great way of reading accessible books from the Books for All Database, as books in PDF format can be adjusted to suit the needs of different learners, such as background colour, magnification or speech. 

For more information on using technology to support reading and writing, visit the CALL Dyslexia section of the website

Legal Requirements

And don’t forget, ensuring that pupils have access to support technology is a legal requirement, a responsibility we all have. CALL has produced friendly step-by-step guides based on Scottish Government guidance to help: Legal Requirements for Computer Accessibility and Inclusive Learning Resources

The poster is designed to be printed in A3. The electronic copy (PDF) includes clickable links to resources.


Icons by Flaticon (adapted by Craig).

Tags: technology, dyslexia

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