Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and 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, 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

  • A focus on appropriate Dyslexia friendly teaching practices by all teachers
  • Access for those with Dyslexia to specialist teachers and a mix of resources and interventions to stop under performance
  • Education of the potential problems if dyslexia is not managed and strengths recognised for poorer education and wider life options. The Dyslexia SPLD Trust have produced an information sheet aimed at helping young people with Dyslexia understand apprenticeship options to help you train for a trade, get paid and a qualification. This fact sheet ensures dyslexia does not get in the way. http://www.thedyslexia-spldtrust.org.uk/4/resources/6/young-people/318/apprenticeship-factsheet-now-live/

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

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

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