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Family Information Day 2022

Technology Advisory Committee Workshop

  • What is Assistive Technology?

A consideration of the major forms of help that assistive technology can provide to dyslexic individuals. Exploration of different ways the technology can be used to meet individual needs.

  • A Guide to the assistive features built into Microsoft software.

Learn what you have got and what it can do for you in Microsoft software. Most people use Microsoft Office but many are unaware that high quality assistive features are now built in and ready to use.

These workshops are targeted to those affected by dyslexia, their families and their teachers.

Tech Committee - Arran Smith - Dyslexia Consultant

Arran Is a dyslexic entrepreneur that was diagnosed with severe dyslexia at age 9, along with other tendencies of neurodiverse conditions

During Arran’s working life he has worked in many industries, previously working at the British Dyslexia Association.

Arran’s career is continued in the field of dyslexia with now being the managing director of the SEND Group Ltd and Founder of the Dyslexia Show LTD.

Over the past five years Arran has continued to work in the education and SEND field, more recently with Microsoft as the UK’s Dyslexia and SEND consultant.

With a special interest in technology Arran uses Assistive technology to support his dyslexia needs daily.

Tech Committee - Malcom Litten

I worked for over 40 years as an English teacher, more than half of this at Mark College, a specialist school for secondary aged children severely affected by dyslexia. From the early 1990s I introduced and developed the use of assistive technology at the College. I developed uses for text-to-speech software in the development of reading and writing skills and was an early user of speech recognition software with pupils. The College was recognised by the government for its excellence and I trained teachers in the use of assistive technology.

Currently I tutor individuals, lecture and train. Since 2015, I have been involved with work to encourage the use of text-to-speech software in schools in India to support the development of literacy. We have achieved very encouraging results in a pilot school in Goa. We have also worked in Mumbai and Pune.

I have recently produced an app called Phoneme Reader with Claro Software. This is designed to help learners being taught to read using phonics. It enables them to reinforce their learning, working independently at their own pace. It is free.