This week (3-9 November 2014) is Dyslexia Awareness Week. Dyslexia is thought to be one of the most common learning difficulties. It’s estimated that up to 1 in every 10 people in the UK has a certain degree of dyslexia.
Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling (Rose, 2009). This can impact on literacy development, mathematics, memory, organisation and sequencing skills to varying degrees. Dyslexia can occur at any level of intellectual development. It is neurological in origin and is seen to run in families (Dyslexia Action).
Dyslexia was recognised under the Disability Discrimination Act in 1995 and is still specifically mentioned in the more recent Equality Act (2010). This means that educational and workplace settings have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that those affected by dyslexia are not disadvantaged compared to their peers.
Using specialist software such as ClaroRead, Read & Write or Ginger tutors at UCanDoIT often work with learners to help them learn IT skills. Tasks such as searching on Google, writing emails and posting on social media are made much easier with software that can suggest words and help correct spelling. Having web pages read aloud to the learner and the ability to change background colours help people with dyslexia work with articles on-screen and makes a huge difference.