Dyslexia Awareness Week 2019
We secured a grant from the British Dyslexia Association for this event which we will use to fund free software giveaways and dylsexia screeners. A local tutor and dyslexia assessor will be joining us to help with your queries. Joining forces with our local Community groups at Colchester 360 who kindly are allowing us to host the event at their hub in Central Colchester.
The British Dyslexia Association kindly came to support us locally in February with their free pop-up parent roadshow. It was a great event to find out more about dyslexia and supporting your child. To to see a review article of the event written by our friend John Hicks click here.
There’s a simple way to access audiobooks, talking magazines and podcasts and the best news is that it’s free! The EasyReader app from Dolphin is the easiest way for dyslexic, low vision and blind readers to browse, download and read titles on an iOS or Android device.
EasyReader has been designed for dyslexia and provides unrestricted accessibility for readers with a vision or print impairment providing:
• Perfectly synchronised audio and highlighted words to boost students' comprehension
• A range of dyslexia friendly fonts to choose from
• Reduced visual glare - students can optimise text, highlight and background colours
• Adjustable text size and line spacing for total reading comfort
EasyReader offers access to 20+ digital libraries including epubBooks, RNIB Bookshare and RNIB Overdrive, and has been confirmed as the most accessible reading app by the DAISY Consortium.
**Dyslexia Awareness Week 2018**
We will be hosting a drop in session at Colchester Library on the 5th Oct from 12.30-2.30.
We are delighted to be able to offer our first 25 visitors a free app code for Spell Aid an App for adults and children who find spelling difficult. Thanks Spell Aid for your support for the theme of 21St Century Dyslexia
A good friend of Dyslexia Assist, Charmaine Mckissock, has just published a second edition of her book to help with spelling. Charmaine has helped many individuals find ways to learn more easily and succeed in their goals. Contact Charmaine McKissock at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to
www. wobblylearning.co uk for more information about obtaining the book or attending a workshop in the Suffolk area.
Bambi, a friend of Dyslexia Assist kindly shared the topic packs she developed to help her dyslexic daughter with learning and revision. The packs bring topics alive with visual reading, engaging activities and then encourage making your own version of notes to revise from. The topics cover areas of Key stage learning and common entrance exams.
Comments from our children included ‘I’d like to work backwards … do a few questions first to see what I don’t know then go to the booklet to find the answers and then get them right!’ ‘A pack for the things I find hard would be cool’
Comments from our parents included ‘the games make the learning visual, physical and fun to do with your child.’ ‘the bite size layout means a little work at a time be done and he spatial layout of the packs does not overload my child.’
There is also digital version that schools can purchase or trial for free at oakabooks.co.uk
yourstoriesmatter.org are educational publishers working to improve the lives of children, young people and adults living with difficulties, by sharing experiences, improving understanding and celebrating differences. Paul, the founder, asked if we would review a new book aimed at 6-8-year-olds to help them realise they are not alone. We thought the illustrations were ‘cool’ and that the book showed a dyslexic child feels really well. We also thought that the character Azzie might suffer from visual stress. Azzie found her strength in art but everyone can find something they enjoy and are good at. Follow @AzzieArtbuckle