I think if the student can get a piece of work and convert it into their preferred format themselves then that is making them independent which is what we are all about and why we are all here.
Teacher

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

Links

You can find formal announcements of the project at:
teachernet.gov.uk/wholeschool/sen/arpp/
teachernet.gov.uk/wholeschool/sen/arpp/access/

Other websites of interest:

Please note that we are not responsible for the content of external websites.

Altformat.org
An independent portal focusing on how developments in the production of alternative format materials are transforming the education of visually impaired and dyslexic students of all ages.

Dolphin Computer Access Ltd.
Assistive technology company who create software to provide access to computers and text for users who have sight impairments or specific learning difficulties. Dolphin develop EasyConverter - the main conversion tool that is being used in this project.

Inclusive Technology
Offering a range of educational software and computer access devices, communication aids and assistive technology for learners with special educational needs. A Becta Home Access SEN supplier.

British Dyslexia Association
Offering advice, information and help to families, professionals and dyslexic individuals. Committed to raising awareness and understanding of dyslexia.

Dyslexia Action
A national charity and the UK's leading provider of services and support for people with dyslexia and literacy difficulties.

Royal National Institute of Blind People
The UK's leading charity offering information, support and advice to over two million people with sight loss.

Department for Education (DfE)
UK government, The Department for Education is responsible for education and children's services.

Texthelp
Developers of innovative, assistive software to support individuals with their reading, writing and research skills in Education, the Workplace and at Home.

Claroread
A software company that develops and licenses assistive software, including speech technology, image technology and touch technology. Developers of ClaroRead.

Microlink PC
Microlink PC specialise in the supply of computer hardware, software and other specialised equipment to support people with disabilities. Dr. Nasser Siabi from Microlink PC has very generously supplied the project with 44 Olympus DS40 recorders which will be used by pupils in the trials to play books in audio format and record their feedback. We would also like to thank Olympus (olympus.co.uk) who are joint sponsors of these devices.

LEXDIS
Guides and resources for producing accessible learning materials.

The High Tech Center Training Unit (HTCTU)
The High Tech Center Training Unit creates training manuals and tutorials on how to process textbooks into accessible documents using multiple types of software. There are also tutorials on how to train and use different types of assistive technologies.

Publisher lookup
Publisher lookup site. As well as listing publisher details this webiste also contains a helpful guide to accessible publishing.

TechDis
Guide to obtaining textbooks in alternative formats.

RNIB
Clear Print guide from RNIB.

Open University
Further guides on producing accessible materials for learning.

The Office for Disability Issues
A guide to accessible publishing.