Accessible resources for students with dyslexia, partial sight or blindness
The need for accessible learning materials for students with visual impairments and dyslexia is clear. The RNIB's right to read campaign (external link) found in 2003 that only 5% of published materials were available in an accessible format.
The groundbreaking Accessible Resources Pilot Project ran throughout the 2009 to 2010 school year and was led by Dolphin following a succesful Dept. for Education tender.
Funded by the same UK Government Department, the project tested a new model for providing textbooks and other curriculum materials as Microsoft Word files. 40 pupils from 9 different schools across the North West of England were involved in the trials.
The project demonstrated that the combination of accessible learning materials and Dolphin software dramatically improved the learning experience of dyslexic, low vision and blind students.
To think, a child who has been struggling in school because of his dyslexia can just come out and say, 'I can read that' is truely remarkable. I would urge every school to examine our project report and evaluate their own approach to accessible learning."
Noel Duffy, Project Leader & Dolphin's MD