Dyslexia, Dyspraxia & Similar Conditions

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 makes it hard to do math and 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://youtu.be/D_lW_8eU28c

This is a simulation from You Tube of what it is like for some people with Visual Dyslexia to read. It is as though the words move and jump around https://youtu.be/F9SxijF8VRc

British Dyslexia Association Dyslexia screening https://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/screening

Reasonable adjustments and Dyslexia to help overcome difficulties see 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 see 

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 Dyscalculics 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. You 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 type face that makes reading easier if you have Dyslexia https://www.dyslexiefont.com

Dyslexia friendly fonts free for commercial use


The Dyslexia Association evaluation of some audiobookoptions 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/dsxyliea   

Dyslexia alert cards an easy way to explain your difficulties http://inclusivecommunication.scot/dyslexia-alert-cards-by-aurora-betony

Dyspraxia Foundation a coordination and movement condition see https://dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk

Dyslexia Scotland have 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

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 you 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, math issues, IT as well as explaining the science of Dyslexia so you understand your difficulties easier and can find your own strategies 

DAN a group of six U.K. Dyslexia and related conditions charities that looks 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

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 diaphoneaudio notetaking option and apps that record they look at Audio note https://www.dyslexia.uk.net/assistive-technology/note-taking-memory-aids/recording-devices

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://youtu.be/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://youtu.be/MCWDqbAivI8

Claroread is another text to speech software for reading back documents https://youtu.be/Nq4-fnwmPSU https://www.clarosoftware.com

Docs Plushelps with writing, structuring and planning


Screen Tinter lite from Better living though technology Change the screen colour to help against visual stress and often help reading if you are Dyslexic. Widows 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 You tube videos about life with Dyslexia  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh87oeQFzwfos3oxE6Q3nZA/about




Pen friendword 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 I Pad 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 I Pad to support Dyslexia https://www.callscotland.org.uk/downloads/posters-and-leaflets/using-the-ipad-to-support-dyslexia/

Call Scotland I pad apps for math 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 an 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



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 Optometrya charity that has lots of information about Dyslexia and vision as well as looks at research such as for tinted glasses some 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 slops, 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