Dyslexia and Computing

Having dyslexia can make writing and reading text very difficult but there are many ways that a computer can help you overcome these difficulties. Our free Factsheet provides information about various ways that you can adapt a computer to help you, some of which are built into standard computers.

Advances in assistive technology – including voice recognition, text-to-speech and mind-mapping software – open up a world of more productive possibilities for people with dyslexia who might otherwise struggle to organise their thoughts and communicate effectively in writing.

Under the Equality Act, employers must make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to prevent discrimination against disabled staff. Adapting computer hardware and software to ensure that dyslexic members of staff are not disadvantaged in the workplace also helps to improve productivity. The factsheet gives details of the services that AbilityNet provides to assist businesses, charities and individuals with identifying and realising the best possible solution for their particular situation and needs.

It also links to Clear Talents On Demand, our free tool for identifying Reasonable Adjustments in the workplace.

Contents include:

  • Creating Text
  • Keyboard Use
  • Word Prediction
  • Voice Recognition
  • Auto Text
  • Checking Text
  • Voice recognition with integrated speech output
  • Reading Text
  • Scanning with optical character recognition (OCR).
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