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‘I love big words but I can spell barely any’: the tech that helps with dyslexia Ella Warren-Roberts and mum Glenda Roberts.  Click on the link below to find out more.

Call Scotland  This is an excellent website on communication with free webinars about apps and technology. 

Free Text to Speech programs:

Ivona MiniReader


Enables the user to highlight and drag text in order to hear it spoken.




To add text-to-speech to office 2010

In word, click File/Options/Quick access toolbar/Commands not in ribbon/Select Speak Click Add/OK

An icon will appear top left when any Office 2010 document is open. Highlight text and click on the icon to hear it read.




WordTalk works exclusively with Word. WordTalk is a Scottish creation and comes in different versions for different Word versions. You can convert a text file to an MP3 audio file and pupils can listen. If you make a spelling error and call up suggestions, you can have suggestions read to you.


Text to Speech software can convert written text into spoken words.

Speech to Text Programs

Speech to text recognition software enables you to interact with your PC just by talking. Speech to text recognises what you say and how you say it, you can speak words and they appear on the screen.

Windows 7

Windows 7 includes a free speech to text. If you have access to Windows 7 you can access it through Start/All programmes/Accessories/Ease of use Windows speech recognition.


Dragon Dictation is a free app available for both iphone and ipad. Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon® NaturallySpeaking® that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages. In fact, it’s up to five (5) times faster than typing on the keyboard. Open iTunes to buy and download apps.

Voice Assistants
Don't forget voice assistants such as Siri (available on apple products) which allows you to just use your voice. Instead of typing, tap the microphone icon on the keyboard. Then say what you want to say and iPhone listens. Tap Done, and iPhone converts your words into text. Use dictation to write messages, take notes, search the web and more. Dictation also works with third-party apps, so you can update your Facebook status, tweet, or write and send Instagrams.


Wheel of Apps

Staff at CALL Scotland have produced a helpful Wheel of Apps guide for iPad that may be useful for students with dyslexia or who just need some additional support with reading and/or writing difficulties. The resource is arranged as a wheel to aid navigation to appropriate areas of required support. Get the PDF version here.

Adobe Acrobat document [1.8 MB]

Electronic Books

Load2Learn is the website that provides access to a government funded project being jointly run by Dyslexia Action and RNIB.

You can sign up as a school to gain access to a variety of resources.  They currently have over 2600 titles likely to be of interest to both primary and secondary schools.


The information includes explanation of the various formats that are available for all the texts they have converted into electronic versions. To gain access to these texts you must become a member.


This resource is an outcome of the government-funded Accessible Resources Pilot project, during which 132 titles were converted into a standard electronic format that visually impaired and print impaired pupils could use to enhance access.

The mytextbook site includes a School Guide

which outlines the approach used in the Pilot Project to achieve successful use of resources.


The full report on the Accessible Resources Pilot Project can be downloaded as a PDF or Word file from


Advice on how to design documents so they easily convert into ebooks can be down loaded from:


Other sources of electronic books: - free copyright books to print-impaired users.  The On Line Library provides books in electronic text format for download by the registered members of the library.  You may apply to be a member if you:

*are visually impaired

*or you are dyslexic

* and you live in the UK or the EU

* You do not need a statement to apply


You can also apply to become a member of the library if you are a Teacher, Parent or Agent for someone who qualifies under the criteria listed above. 

Books are made available under licence granted by the Copyright Licensing Agency, who imposes the above conditions.


The SeeingEar also offers a conversion service of books for schools at no charge (except return postage if you want the book back!)  The transcribed books will be available for everyone via the On Line Library.


If you would like to be make the most of this project email with:

The School name,

School Postcode,

Your name and contact details.  free out-of-copyright texts. free public domain books. - this website offers links to sources of free ereaders suitable for children. This American initiative offers access to 56,000 titles (currently) at an individual subscription of $50 a year + $ 25 initial sign-up fee.


Oxford Reading Tree Library

Under 'The Library' you can select a variety of ages.  Once you have chosen an age, a display of numerous eBooks appears and you are allowed access to them!










Contact Us Today:

Shropshire Dyslexia Association Helpline:

Anne Townsend

01939 233141


NB This number is staffed by volunteers. Please leave a message and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.




Or use our contact form


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