July 30, 2012
We are developing software for dyslexia and low literacy called SaySo. SaySo was developed after taking part in a DfE pilot to evaluate how making the curriculum accessible would raise achievement. It was a great success. Through the project, we realised that teachers needed support for the software. My Accessible School is our whole school approach, which includes SaySo, with training, information support and licences of SaySo to go home. SaySo is a simple to use reading and writing toolbar for dyslexia and low literacy, providing support when reading and writing. SaySo has the ability to: make the computer read back documents, emails and the web with a screen reader put a colour wash over the screen to make it easier to read from spell check mistakes phonetically take text documents from a scanner and send it to MS Word to be read out by the computer turn a document on the screen into an MP3 file so it can be listened to with a phone or MP3 Playr.
I taught in mainstream schools in Kent for a decade and left to work in the Assistive Technology (AT) field, five years ago. I have trained on many different AT programs, and now work as an Education Consultant for Dolphin Computer Access.
This is an excellent Network. Incredibly useful to me at a time I am really struggling to get into schools, even though I am an ex teacher. They have identified a need and found like minded people to help get schools moving more freely and better informed into the ICT world. Thanks again Ed