Technology

There are so many computer aids and equipment for dysgraphia that parents are often totally confused with what to purchase first. I have listed a selection of computer software, which are specifically designed to help students with dysgraphia, and which as a mother of two dyslexic children, we found to be useful.

There are various software packages to help with dysgraphia such as Word Prediction and Speech Synthesis software packages. These software packages can help if the only thing stopping a student getting the work down on paper is a physical problem. These programs do take a little getting used to, but at the end of the day, they save a lot of time, effort and frustration!


'Workplace Needs Assessment'

Many adults in the workplace have never been assessed for dyslexia. We get people of all ages, saying they think they have dyslexia and how can they get help. Recently an adult male, 60 years, said he had read something and thought that sounded ‘just like him’. Another caller said, he didn’t realise that he was probably dyslexic, until his grandchild was diagnosed.

Age is no barrier to testing!

 

‘Workplace Needs Assessment’

If you are having problems at work, which you believe is related to your dyslexia, you can ask for a ‘Workplace Needs Assessment’. The Assessor will go into your workplace at a convenient time and watch you work, take your opinions into account, (and those of management, if necessary).

You will receive a comprehensive report advising, any specific help that is required; such as Voice Recognition Software (VRS), Spell-Checker, Grammar Checker, or other specialist software.

Provided the requirements are ‘reasonable’, your employer will have to look at implementing the recommendations. Often the items in question can be provided by the company at a very reasonable price. This comes under the ‘reasonable adjustments’ that employers should make.

Find an Assessor for a ‘Workplace Needs Assessment’

The British Dyslexia Association (BDA), can arrange for assessments or testing to be carried out, as do, other providers around the country.

Do not be afraid to ask for help. Why keep struggling when support is available?

The BDA can be contacted via their website: BDA Workplace Assessments.

Dysgraphia and Adults
There are so many computer aids and equipment for dysgraphia that parents are often totally confused with what to purchase first. I have listed a selection of computer software, which are specifically designed to help students with dysgraphia, and which as a mother of two dyslexic children, we found to be useful.

There are various software packages to help with dysgraphia such as Word Prediction and Speech Synthesis software packages. These software packages can help if the only thing stopping a student getting the work down on paper is a physical problem. These programs do take a little getting used to, but at the end of the day, they save a lot of time, effort and frustration!


Voice Recognition Software

However, I think that a brilliant piece of software is the Voice Recognition Software (VRS), sometimes called Speech Recognition Software (SRS). One of the main leaders in the market is Nuance, publishers of, Dragon Naturally Speaking.

Dragon Naturally Speaking is so easy to use, and for the first time, students can do their homework without the usual stress levels that go along with it. While this takes a little getting used to, it is very much worth the effort. Have a look at the link below and see what you think?

This is what the parent’s of a youngster said, as soon as their son, used this software:

“The first assignment our son wrote using Naturally Speaking was so amazing, we had trouble believing he’d written it himself! Being able to ‘talk’ his ideas into the computer allowed his words to flow easily from his mind to the word processor. He began, dare I say, ‘enjoying’ his writing assignments.”

Zac C.

Dragon Naturally Speaking – Look what the makers of Dragon have to say:

If you or your child has dyslexia, enough is enough. There’s actually no need to spend another minute using a keyboard or a mouse, struggling to get ideas into words.

With Dragon, you can simply talk into your headset and your words appear on the screen – instantly.

No more worrying about spelling – Dragon will take care of that for you. No more struggling with sentence structure either – for once, you get to just talk your ideas without anything getting in the way. You can even proof what you’ve written with dictation playback.

With Dragon, writing up a homework assignment, report or email, is so much faster and easier. And because you can use Dragon to control your entire computer, you can use it to browse the web, update Facebook, shop online – and so much more.

Support Groups for Adults with Dysgraphia

‘Support Groups’ for adults with dysgraphia; are an excellent way to meet other people. This way you can get ideas from others as well as get help and support from your peers.

Many groups have inspirational speakers who can talk about a wide range of issues surrounding dysgraphia and dyslexia; coping strategies, resources etc.

Dysgraphia Adult Support Groups

You will find a list of various Adult Dysgraphia Support Groups, below:

Adult Dyslexia Organisation (ADO)
ADO is run by dyslexics for dyslexics and all those concerned with supporting Adult dyslexics.
Adult Dyslexia Organisation (ADO)

London Adult Support Group
A self-help group who share experiences and learn from each other.
London Adult Support Group

Birmingham Adult Support Group
‘Badg is a self-help user led dyslexic group. It was started in the mid 1990’s in Birmingham. It is probably one of the earliest and largest, longest running adult self-help groups in Europe.’
BADG

Dyslexic by Nature
The group aim to reduce the social isolation and stigma individuals with dyslexia feel. Chorlton area of Manchester.
Dyslexia by Nature

DAN
The Dyslexia Adult Network (DAN) has been founded to increase awareness of the
impact of dyslexia and related conditions on adults.
DAN

DABBGL – (Dyslexia Association of Brexley, Bromley, Greenwich & Lewisham)
The group offers opportunities to exchange positive experiences, as well as the chance to seek practical advice from guest speakers and others within the group.
Dyslexia Association

Dyslexia Foundation
Assisting adults with dyslexia across the North-West.
Dyslexia Foundation

Dyslexia Scotland Adults
With resources, advice and support – ‘make sure dyslexia doesn’t hold you back’.
Dyslexia Scotland Adult