This week is Dyslexia Awareness week (14th – 20th October) and the theme is Beyond Words. Dyslexia is a hidden disability thought to affect around 10% of the population, 4% severely according to figures from the British Dyslexia Association (BDA).
There are many misconceptions surrounding dyslexia – the most common of which is that it is just about a person’s ability to read and write. People with dyslexia often have problems with memory, processing information, organising themselves and timing.
It is vital to remember that each person with dyslexia will have different needs. Most adults will have found coping strategies that have helped them deal with the problems that accompany dyslexia. Many will not have been diagnosed until adulthood having possibly struggled through school and often through further education – however don’t forget that some of our most famous entrepreneurs, politicians, sports people, actors and writers are dyslexic!
There are a number of programs available to help dyslexic users on the computer. Consider for instance wanting to do a search on Google ( something most of us take for granted) now imagine that you are unable to spell the thing that you need to look up and although Google tries to give you suggestions you don’t know which one is right…
Having text prediction software, speech to text and even something as simple as a screen masking application can make a huge difference to a dyslexic computer user. Some helpful information on what is available can be found on the BDA What Technology? website