Dyslexia is a common specific learning difficulty that varies in severity and impacts reading ability, causing also spelling and writing difficulties. Dyslexia does not affect intelligence and many people with the condition are very creative and resourceful, good at problem-solving, tending to be very inventive and good at business. It can make it hard to process and recall information. It is covered by the Equality Act (2010) and is classed as a disability. It is thought to affect as many as 10% of the population. It is a lifelong condition but there are many strategies that can help. It can co-occur with other conditions like Dyscalculia, which makes it hard to do Maths, and also ADHD. But it can also cause strengths, like being creative, spatial skills and seeing the whole picture.
Dyslexia Video, Ted Ed.
See Dyslexia Differently Video, BDA
Famous Dyslexics. https://youtube/D_lW_8eU28c
This is a simulation from YouTube of what it is like for some people with Visual Dyslexia to read. It is as though the words move and jump around. https://youtube/F9SxijF8VRc
British Dyslexia Association, Dyslexia Screening. https://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/screening
Reasonable Adjustments and Dyslexia to help overcome difficulties. https://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/employer/reasonable-adjustments
Dyslexia and Employment Information from BDA, including details of Access to Work Fund help in the workplace. https://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/dyslexic/in-work
Dyslexia and Access to Work Funding. Information from the Dyslexia Association.
Dyslexia and Driving Tests. https://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/dyslexic/driving-tests
Dyslexia and Maths. Information from the BDA. https://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/dyslexic/maths-difficulties-dyscalculia
Dyslexia and Technology Support from the BDA. https://bdatech.org
Dyslexia and Technology Support from Call Scotland. See the app wheels, posters and leaflets. https://www.callscotland.org.uk/downloads
DysTalks. Short talks and videos on Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Dyscalculia. Among other conditions, they are very short, but informative, to help you understand the conditions and treatments/interventions, as well as looking at the strengths that can result. Includes talks on the potential benefits of taking cod liver oil supplements, as well as how coloured lens/overlays help many people. http://www.dystalk.com
Spellzone is an online resource for anyone (young person or adult) with Dyslexia or not, who would like to work on their spelling and grammar in a user-friendly way. Your first unit is free, so you can see if the course works for you but after that, there is an annual cost. If you are the only learner, the cost for the year is £19.95. There are discounts for additional learners. https://www.spellzone.com/pages/contents.cfm
The CodPast Creative Adult and Student Dyslexia site with podcasts, on different topics around Dyslexia run by and for students and adults with Dyslexia. https://thecodpast.org
Dyslexie Font. A typeface that makes reading easier if you have Dyslexia. https://www.dyslexiefont.com
Dyslexia friendly fonts free for commercial use. https://www.websiteplanet.com/blog/best-free-fonts/
The Dyslexia Association evaluation of some audio bookoptions. https://www.dyslexia.uk.net/assistive-technology/assistive-technology-reading-writing-spelling/audio-books-ebooks
Dragon Naturally Speaking and similar versions that offer computer-based speech recognition services.
Website showing what it feels like to have Dyslexia. http://geon.github.io/programming/2016/03/03/dyslexia
Dyslexia alert cards. An easy way to explain your difficulties. http://inclusivecommunication.scot/dyslexia-alert-cards-by-aurora-betony
Kids Reading 2 Kidshttps://kidsread2kids.com/ This site offers lesson plans, games and audio video classic stories read by young people for young people, free.
Dyspraxia Foundation. A coordination and movement condition. https://dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk
Dyslexia Scotlandhave produced some general study skills tips. http://www.dyslexiascotland.org.uk/sites/default/files/page_content/Study_Skills_Intro.pdf
Society for Coloured Lens provider’s - coloured lenses help many people with Dyslexia against visual stress and reducing the movement of words on the page when people use a colour that works for them. http://www.school-it.co.uk/s4clp/code-of-conduct.htm
Quick Reads books by popular readers that are short. These fiction (not real) stories that have a fast-pace appeal to young adults and reluctant readers. https://readingagency.org.uk/adults/quick-guides/quick-reads
Forward Phonics a onlcourse for improving reading aimed at adults https://www.forwardwithphonics.com
Ace Dictionary. An easier to use phonetic dictionary for those with Dyslexia spelling how words sound. https://www.thedyslexiashop.co.uk/a-c-e-spelling-dictionary-3rd-edition.html
My Studybaris an online set of tools that can be downloaded that include a screen reader text to speech, help to organise ideas with mind mapping, colour overlays that can help with Dyslexia and visual stress and help to improve typing. https://www.eduapps.org/mystudybar. Also Call Scotland have produced a useful leaflet about My Studybar available here https://www.callscotland.org.uk/downloads/posters-and-leaflets/mystudybar/
Making Dyslexia work for your textbook online by Roughage about Dyslexia and strategies to help you overcome your difficulties. http://cw.routledge.com/textbooks/9780415597562. The book covers practical strategies for reading, writing, punctuation, spelling, memory, organisation, Maths issues, IT, as well as explaining the science of Dyslexia, so you understand your difficulties easier and can find your own strategies.
Dyslexia Goldonline reading course to improve reading ability https://dyslexiagold.co.uk
DAN. A group of six UK Dyslexia and related conditions Charities that look at the impact of, and increases the awareness of Dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties connecting adults with the condition. They also campaign the government for improvements like to Access to work. http://dan-uk.co.uk
Dyslexia SPLD Trust http://www.thedyslexia-spldtrust.org.uk/4/resources/1/parents/282/the-definition-of-dyslexia/The Trust is focused on ensuring children any young people with Dyslexia SpLD to succeed in school due to
Keeble Accessible keyboardapp useful for Dyslexia as well as other disabilities like physical and vision disabilities https://www.assistiveware.com/products/keeble
Live scribe pause smart pen
A pen that also records the notes good for a range of disabilities including Dyslexia https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/livescribe-pulse-smartpen
WhisperSync allows you to move your kindle
books from audio were they are read to you will still at other times allowing you to read the book yourself. https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000812303
Vbookz Text to speech read aloud app that also reads images like pdf documents https://www.vbookz.com
Talk text to voice is an Android app that reads text like from emails and documents allowed https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.abast.talkpro
Knf readera quality app that takes text including any text or images or pdfs you take and reads it allowed or converts it to Braille. Very useful for those with sight issues or who may have dyslexia https://knfbreader.com
Dyspraxia Foundation. Help and guidance for job seekers and employees. It covers strategies and adjustments you may find helpful for doing well at work and overcoming Dyspraxia. https://dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Dyspraxia-in-the-Workplace-Guidance-for-Employees-Oct-2016.pdf
The Dyslexia Association have reviewed some different audio record options to help those with Dyslexia keep detailed notes. The review includes Live Scribe a ballpoint pen with a audio record option, the dictaphone audio notetaking option and apps that record they look at Audio Note. https://www.dyslexia.uk.net/assistive-technology/note-taking-memory-aids/recording-devices
The Children’s Literacy Trusthave produced a sounds book to help with phonics and reading https://thechildrensliteracycharity.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/SOUNDS-BOOK-.pdfThe Children’s Literacy Trust have also got useful articulation videos to show how combined letters (phonemes) should sound to help with phonics reading https://thechildrensliteracycharity.org.uk/home-learning/free-downloads/
C Pen Reader is a Dyslexia-recommended strategy that you hover over text and it reads the text back to you aloud. The C Pen reader also has an exam allowed version for those who have Dyslexia and get approved access arrangements. https://www.readerpen.com.
Dyslexia Action have also done a detailed product review that also shows the pen in action. https://youtube/uhTJZ56BmZM
Read and Write is a text to speech software for reading back documents and Read and Write Gold also reads back, not just Word documents, but also pdfs. https://www.texthelp.com/en-gb/products/read-write/ https://youtube/MCWDqbAivI8
Docs Plushelps with writing, structuring and planning. https://www.cricksoft.com/uk/docsplus
Screen Tinter Lite from Better Living Through Technology Change. The screen colour to help against visual stress and often helps reading if you are Dyslexic. Windows allows you to do this, but this option is one of the more simple to use. https://www.bltt.org/software/screentinterlite/index.htm
Sally Gardener. A Dyslexic author and spokesperson for Dyslexia, who sees the condition more of a gift than a disability. She has her books as audio books on her website. https://www.sallygardner.co.uk
Dyslexia Scotland. Self Help Dyslexia books. https://www.dyslexiascotland.org.uk/sites/default/files/library/Self_Help_Books_On_Dyslexia.pdf
Mind Mapping Technology to help organisation of ideas and planning. https://bdatech.org/what-technology/mindmaps
Grammar Check Options for Dyslexia offered as low cost apps. https://thecodpast.org/2016/07/top-3-online-grammar-checkers
Jo Crawford. Dyslexia Young Adult Ambassador. YouTube videos about life with Dyslexia. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh87oeQFzwfos3oxE6Q3nZA/about
Pen Friend Word Prediction, screen reader and magnifier. http://www.penfriend.biz
All these four above offer grammar, spelling and proofreading help.
Dragon Naturally Speaking Voice to Text. So you can type using your voice. https://www.nuance.com/dragon.html
Call Scotland. iPad apps for learners with Dyslexia. https://www.callscotland.org.uk/downloads/posters-and-leaflets/ipad-apps-for-learners-with-dyslexia/
Call Scotland. Android apps for learners with Dyslexia. https://www.callscotland.org.uk/Blog/the-wheel-of-android-apps-for-dyslexia/
Call Scotland information on how to use the iPad to support Dyslexia. https://www.callscotland.org.uk/downloads/posters-and-leaflets/using-the-ipad-to-support-dyslexia/
Call Scotland iPad apps for Maths difficulties. https://www.callscotland.org.uk/downloads/posters-and-leaflets/ipad-apps-for-learners-with-dyscalculianumeracy-difficulties/
PATOSS. The Professional Association for Teachers and Assessors for those with Dyslexia. Use the site if you want to find a Dyslexia tutor or someone to assess if you may have Dyslexia. https://www.patoss-dyslexia.org
Made By Dyslexia. Global charity created for and by those with Dyslexia. Find creative solutions for overcoming any difficulties, to help see the strengths of the condition, to inform people and change perceptions of the condition. http://madebydyslexia.org
Calibre Charity. Providing subscription free audio books for those with Dyslexia, sight issues or other disabilities. https://www.calibre.org.uk
Seeing Ear Charity, National Accessible Library. http://www.accessiblelibrary.org.uk helps if you have a print difficulty, like Dyslexia or sight issues.
Institute of Optometryis a Charity that has lots of information about Dyslexia and vision, as well as looks at research, such as for tinted glasses, sometimes find helps Dyslexia. http://www.ioo.org.uk/dyslexia.htm
Visual Stress a fairly large number of people with Dyslexia experience visual stress which causes headaches and problems focusing. http://www.visualstressassess.com
The Dyslexia Shophas some helpful resources, like coloured overlays, writing slopes, reading pens, digital dictaphones, coloured paper, exercise books, dictionaries aimed at dyslexia, books and resources about Dyslexia, visual aids, learning aids, pen supports and much more. https://www.thedyslexiashop.co.uk
Word Shark and Number Shark is a computer programme also available online, offering interactive fun games supporting Dyslexia with activities to help selling, reading and number skills. www.wordshark.co.uk
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