The Dyslexia Show – 24th & 25th March

I am looking forward to attending this important event that was such a success last year. Especially as we were just coming out of COVID then. I can truly recommend the show which is free to attend but sessions will be charged for.

24th & 25th March at the NEC Birmingham

My subject will be :-

“The use of Assistive Technology in the Classroom and the Workplace”

It’s a wide ranging topic and will cover both what hardware and software is being used as well as what might be useful to consider to put into practice. Free and costing apps and software will be showed and demonstrated.

So why not book your place now at

If you want to listen to content on the days then please use this Spotify link

Spotify Link to The Dyslexia Show

Changes in Google that affect synapptics tablets

This also applies to any third party apps being used on a device as well.

Just been with a client today using a Synapptic Tablet. She had trouble with her emails which we eventually found out was caused by Google blocking the email function on her tablet. 


Need to go Security settings on the google account concerned and  do the following

 – setup two factor authentication which will need a smart phone or mobile phone for a text message

– next go to security and go to “Third party apps with account access” and add “Synapptics” to the list

A 16 digit code will be generated which needs copying down or taking a photo of. It’s a one-time code that you type into Basic Email Settings of Synapptics  ( synapptics doesn’t allow pasting into the password area !) under Password.

I used IMAP settings with port values Incoming 995 and SMTP port settings of 465. You can find these on the web if needed. I set them in Synapptics under the “Advanced settings”  in Email. 

Can you help this student?

Hi. I’m Geane, a PhD student at the University of Southampton.

My research is about finding ways for visually impaired people to be able to do more sport/physical activity. I’m seeking young adults with VI to take part in my online survey.

I would very much appreciate if you could share my advert with a link of this survey to your visually impaired members in your social media or online community.

My advert is this:

Are you visually impaired between 18 and 30 years old? Do you do physical activity or play sports? I want to hear from you all, regardless if you are active or not. If you are active I would like to hear about your experience with physical activity, sports and technologies. If you are not active, I would be interested to know why. Please fill in this online survey If you have any questions, contact Geane Fontinele directly on Study Reference Number ERGO/FEPS/ 51707.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,
Geane Fontinele
PhD student in Web Science
University of Southampton


Smartpens have been around for a longtime but the process can be difficult for some . Also the books are a ongoing costs and you cannot rub out the ink and start again.

The rocketbook does allow you to rub out your work and start again but it’s selling point is the ability to transfer work through a scan and it does accurately represent your drawing as the image below exemplifies

In the example I have stated what I think it would be good for. But it’s by no means exhaustive .

Assistive Technology for free

Here is an ongoing list for those who might find this helpful:-

AbilityNet has a set of useful advice suitable for different conditions

Voice control for Chrome – extension from the chrome store

Chrome Store – lotts of extensions for Chrome

Google Keep – for remembering and storing information

Grammarly- online support for writing

Google Docs – on the tools menu voice typing is a good aide to writing

Microphone in gets overlooked as an access tool

Typing Assistant – word prediction tool

NDVA – screenreader –

Look also at Ease of Access (Windows 10)  – list of adjustments to make your computer more accessible. ( see powerpoint “Accessibility in Windows 10)

AppWriter Cloud – text to speech, word prediction, pdf reader and overlay writer

Dwell Clicker – not free £12 but for those who can’t click on a mouse. Download for free

ACE pointers for older systems eg Windows 7 does what ease of access does for windows 10

WordTalk – free text to speech for older microsoft word


Remember the Milk –

Mindmeister – free mindmapping software

ClaroSpeak – text to speech, word prediction  – free  download both android and iOS

Mozilla has some good assistive technology features such as  zoom which expands all the text and makes the browser more accessible. 

Opera Browser – has a clear interface and therefore easier to navigate 

Safari (on an  Ipad)  – there is a text screen on this which is great for studying and research students. 

Texthelp – have an add-on to google docs to aid studying  – show highlighting tools.

Webinair -“Making the workplace accessible”

If you missed the free webinair then don’t dispair! I have made a recording for you to see the main points and listen to. It lasts 35 mins so pull up a chair, a coffee ( or glass of wine if you prefer!) and listen to and learn from Myles as he explains what “making the workplace accessible,” means. Click on the link below.

“Making the workplace accessible -webinair”


Accessibility and Office 365

Microsoft have on their blog shared some interesting news about what they intend to do in 2016 regarding accessibility. Take a look at:-