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Literacy / Dyslexia

  • Consider reading materials and how they are presented.

  • Have “easy read” materials available, where possible.

  • Proofing software, like Ginger or Ghotit, can be a great help to individuals.

  • Utilise text-to-speech and speech-to-text software, which are often built into computer systems as standard, or discuss trying free versions online.

  • Spell-checkers can also be very helpful tools for individuals.

  • Avoid printing on bright white paper. Use cream or pale blue instead.

  • Use an easy to read font, such as Arial, Verdana, Comic Sans and size of 12+.

  • Use short sentences and leave plenty of space between lines of text.

  • Avoid asking the individual to read out aloud in a group, unless this has been discussed beforehand.

  • Create templates for reports to limit text an individual must enter, saving time.

  • Write down instructions and use visual prompts to act as reminders.

  • Email, colour code and / or underline important text.

  • Allow more time to read information. Explain the meanings of words if not clear.