Campaigning for the right to alternative formats.
< Steve Redgrave at the BBC studios in London campaigning for alt formats.
Parents, the papers and the media would be up in arms if fully sighted pupils and students were expected to study & learn, but the school/college couldn't get hold of the books and resources that were central to the curriculum. This is what many dyslexic and visually impaired students are expected to cope with on a daily basis, despite the best efforts of their teachers who are under-resourced and desperately under funded.
Altformat.com aim to highlight the benefits and improvements that print impaired students achieve with access to their learning materials in the format of their choice. Altformat.com are campaigning to highlight the legal rights of these students to their preferred format under current Government legislation.
Altformat.com insist that Government policy makers, and education ministers address the current inequality in information access within the education sector.
The Essential Campaign Focus
- New research reveals that almost 90% of dyslexic school goers don't know about the existence of software to help them overcome their reading problems.
- Dyslexic and visually impaired school children should know about their legal right to have books in formats other than standard print.
- Software programs exist to convert text into alternative formats such as audio that plays back on an MP3 player. Software also exists that can create digital books that can play synchronised audio and text that allows the reader to steer through the text going from page to page or chapter to chapter. You can tell the books where you want to go and it will speak the sentence or page to you.
- It would be great if we could make all students aware of their legal rights and get them access to alt formats of their choice at school. Sadly, not many schools provide this at the moment, probably due to a lack of resources and funding.
Parents and teachers who feel strongly about the limited availability of alternative format software in schools should write to their local MP about it.
How can I make a difference?
If you feel strongly about this issue you can help to make a difference by writing to your MP.
- Add your name to a petition to encourage publishers to make more titles available as talking books (external link)