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Reflecting on the limitations of print for students in secondary: Dyslexia Advocacy tip day 1

Started by Chrissie Butler 16 Mar 2015 3:23pm () Replies (3)

Dyslexia is common. Approximately one in 10 people experience dyslexia and it is prevalent in most cultures, irrespective of language. That means that in every secondary class there are likely to be students with dyslexia.

The video Jo's Non-Netbook is a bit old now, but for students with dyslexia it highlights some of the limitations of using printed text as a primary resource.

To combat barriers created by printed materials in work books and handouts, take a universal approach and consider offering all students access to accompanying digital material that is flexible and adjustable.

This will provide opportunities for all students to personalise materials to match their learning needs and preferences, enabling them to:

  • enlarge the text and change the background colour to suit visual scanning preferences
  • use online dictionaries to access definitions of unknown words to strengthen understanding
  • listen to the text read aloud using of text-to-speech tools to increase access to the material
  • add and collate online annotations and sticky notes to aid memory and recall
  • bookmark material to support access at a later date
  • easily share and collaborate using the material with peers and teachers over distance.

Visit the secondary section on the Dyslexia and Learning guide on Inclusive Education for more ideas underpinned by a UDL approach.


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