When I am typing stuff, when I get a word wrong I'll spell check it - when I get a word I type it in then I use the speaking software to speak it out to see if I got it right and then I make some changes or something like that – it's weird ... I love it. When I am at home I type something out and push enter and my Mum says who is that speaking and I say that's 'my computer'....... I would give it a six - the top - (how easy it is to make use of the computer) I can use it if I want to at any time. I use it for English, PSP RS and History with PowerPoint.
Dyslexic Pupil

A photo of a pile of text books with a red apple resting on the top

The Project

Our project is formally called the "Accessible Resources Pilot Project". It was funded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF, now DfE). The Dolphin Inclusive Consortium won the tender for the project. The project ran throughout the 2009/2010 school year, and a final report of findings and recommendations was be submitted to the DfE in January 2011.

The project was testing a model for the provision of textbooks and other curriculum materials in electronic files for pupils who struggle to read books in their standard format due to problems with sight or reading e.g. Dyslexia.

40 pupils aged 11 to 14 across 9 schools were given laptops and software so that they could adapt and read the files in a format best suited to their own particular circumstances.

At present, many children are not able to access the full curriculum because materials are not made available to them in a format that they can use and at the time that they need them. It is hoped that this project will lead to a sustainable model that can be extended throughout schools to meet the needs of many more pupils who are disadvantaged by the lack of curriculum materials in formats that they can readily access. We also aspire to providing pupils with valuable skills and tools that they will be able to use throughout the rest of their education and lives.

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