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Supporting Adults with Dyslexia in the Workplace Using Technology

Adults with dyslexia may have strategies in place to help with their literacy difficulties but when faced with new challenges at work or a new job, they may feel overwhelmed and not able to cope. Using technology can be hugely beneficial and can reduce stress, allow someone to work independently and be a productive member of a work team. On this online course, we will look at different types of hardware, software, apps and extensions that will support reading, writing, spelling, grammar, organisation and visual stress.

You will see demonstrations of a variety of different types of hardware from smartphones to laptops and focus on assistive features such as: text to speech, speech recognition, predictive text, colour overlays, spellchecking, typing feedback, organisational apps and software both for use at work, at home and for life in general.



7th May 2020
University of Edinburgh

Online learning
(4:00pm - 5:30pm)

What you will learn

  • To acquire the technological skills to be able to use a device to support literacy difficulties
  • To demonstrate how the assistive features of a laptop or an iPad can help an adult with literacy difficulties work independently
  • To establish which apps are effective for an adult to use in everyday life
  • To plan strategies to use inclusive digital technologies

Who is the seminar and workshop aimed at?

  • Adults (over 18) with dyslexia or literacy difficulties
  • Dyslexia tutors / Anyone supporting an adult with dyslexia
  • Workplace dyslexia assessors

Meet your presenter(s)

Shirley Lawson
Assistive Technology and ASN Officer

I bring my teaching experience into my role at CALL as Development Officer for Assistive Technologies and Additional Support Needs. I lead the CALL Scotland Professional Learning and am focussing on providing a programme of relevant, quality assistive technology training to those working with children and young people with additional support needs and / or disabilities.

About the event

  • Duration: 90 minutes, starting at 4:00pm
  • Equipment requirements: Mac or Windows PC (or laptop), internet connection, microphone optional.
  • Logging into the webinar room: Read 'Preparing for an Online Workshop' and ensure you have tested the webinar link before the day.
  • Format of the Online Learning: You will hear our presenters discussing and demonstrating assistive software and apps. There will be opportunities to ask questions using your microphone or typing into a Message box. There will be 'breakout rooms' which you will be split up into (we will do that for you from our side) and it gives the opportunity to have a more active learning experience and the chance to have smaller group discussions.
  • Weblink: This will be emailed to you a week before the event.


If you have technical problems and are not able to access the Online Learning on the day you will receive an archived recording of the session. No refunds will be given.