Dyslexic.com Dyslexic.com has a wide range of software, hardware and accessories to help support those with Dyslexia, visual impairments and other disabilities. 2020-12-14T16:08:51Z https://www.dyslexic.com/feed/atom/ https://www.dyslexic.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/cropped-iansyst-logo-only-32x32.jpg Aleena Munir <![CDATA[Dyslexic.com Christmas Newsletter]]> https://www.dyslexic.com/?p=17391 2020-12-14T16:08:51Z 2020-12-14T15:58:01Z Thank You! This year has been full of it’s challenges and, like most, we’ve had to work extra hard and come up with some pretty inventive ways to deliver the level of service and quality you expect from us. Without you, we couldn’t continue to provide the support and solutions for disabled individuals. A huge thank you from [...]

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Thank You! This year has been full of it’s challenges and, like most, we’ve had to work extra hard and come up with some pretty inventive ways to deliver the level of service and quality you expect from us. Without you, we couldn’t continue to provide the support and solutions for disabled individuals. A huge thank you from all of us here at iansyst and the Dyslexic.com team!
We all wish you a Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year! 
A Special Offer, just for Christmas!

In the run up to Christmas, we’ve put together a heavily discounted Christmas bundle deal – perfect as a Christmas gift or to help you get a head start on your new year goals. This package includes: 

A dynabook Satellite Pro C50 15.6″ laptop 
Ready to support a huge range of Assistive Technologies and at only 1.7kg it’s super-portable. It even has a special anti-bacterial paint coating to help keep you safe. 

ClaroRead SE Software for PC Edition
Claro Software’s ClaroRead SE program can be used as a computer reader, enabling users to work independently and with confidence using text-to-speech to review their work or listen (as many times as they like) to question papers.

Both products, now available for a special price of just £650 plus £20 delivery (including vat)!
If you would like this package offer before Christmas order by the 17th December to avoid disappointment! 
Claim this limited time offer today!
Christmas and New Years Opening Hours
We will be open (and shipping your goods!) until 12pm on Tuesday the 22nd December and we’ll be back open after the holidays on the 2nd of January.

Need help during this time? Don’t worry – we’ll be checking our emails over this period, so if you need help with anything you can still email us at ecommerce@dyslexic.com and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can!

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Aleena Munir <![CDATA[6 reasons why DSA students with sight loss choose SuperNova’s magnification]]> https://www.dyslexic.com/?p=17247 2020-11-12T13:09:21Z 2020-11-12T12:49:42Z For students with sight loss, the tools to be able to view and read articles and texts, research online and complete assignments are critical to academic success. SuperNova is the world’s first combined screen magnifier and screen reader for Windows. With SuperNova, students who are blind or partially sighted can fully engage in learning with [...]

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For students with sight loss, the tools to be able to view and read articles and texts, research online and complete assignments are critical to academic success. SuperNova is the world’s first combined screen magnifier and screen reader for Windows. With SuperNova, students who are blind or partially sighted can fully engage in learning with complete access to documents, web pages, printed text, interactive whiteboards and much more through their preferred combination of magnification and speech.

In this article we’re going to focus on SuperNova’s world leading magnification and explore 6 key ways it helps DSA students to succeed at university.

1. Crystal Clear Magnification: – Magnify your text and images

With world leading magnification, SuperNova empowers students who are partially sighted to view their computer screen with clarity. With SuperNova’s True Font technology, text and images can be magnified from 1.2 up to 64 times, and remain smooth and clear even on the largest displays. Magnification comes in 28 sizes so students with varying sight can find a perfect fit whilst the easy to use zoom feature allows for zooming out to gain context and in for detail.

Students can magnify all their favourite applications, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Chrome, and hundreds more. They can use bold fonts to boost the clarity of text and make words and sentences stand out on every page. On low contrast websites, students can sharpen the contrast of images and texts to make the details easier to see. Students can choose from 4 large mouse pointer schemes, and set the pointer size independent of the magnification level so that the text is not covered by the mouse.

A computer desktop showing the text on a website as magnified.

2. Touchscreen Magnification: Explore Windows touch screen laptops and tablets with ease

SuperNova provides the most intuitive way for students with low vision to magnify and explore touch screen laptops and tablets. Students can explore the screen with just one finger and zoom in and out with two. You can adjust the magnification; pan the magnifier around documents, change colours, on desktops, and tablets.

For help with typing text on the touch screen, SuperNova includes a high contrast onscreen keyboard that’s easy to see. Alternatively students can plug in a standard keyboard or a Dolphin keyboard to their device if they prefer.

3. Magnifier Views: Choose from 8 different views to magnify your screen

To keep your documents and apps in perspective, SuperNova allows you to choose from 8 different views to display your magnification.

These displays include: 

· Full screen

· Movable magnifying glass

· Split screen top/ bottom/left/right

· Fixed screen/ Window

Depending on the view students choose, the application will magnify that part of the screen and leave the rest as its original size. The magnifier follows seamlessly with automatic tracking as you move your mouse pointer, type in text, or tab between links. 

A desktop screen showing the split screen feature Dolphin SuperNova allows

4. Colour Schemes: Set your own preferred colour scheme

SuperNova includes over 24 colour schemes, designed to reduce glare and maximise comfort while reading. Students can see the screen in their preferred colours and have the ability to make their own scheme by adjusting brightness, contrast or colour tint.  The range of colour schemes also includes several schemes specifically designed for colour blindness.

A desktop screen showing one of the colour schemes SuperNova features, this one being emerald green.

5. Connect & View: Magnify and read printed text and Interactive Whiteboards

SuperNova’s Connect & View feature allows students to connect a camera to their device to magnify print from textbooks, articles, handouts and more, onto their computer screen.

Connect & View allows students to read printed text and view images clearly. Students can zoom in and out, rotate the image, change the text colours and capture the image to add it to a document or explore again later.

Another excellent aspect of Connect & View is that it gives partially sighted students the ability to connect to and magnify the lecturer’s interactive whiteboard on their tablet or laptop. The student can customise their magnification to view the whiteboard clearly. They can also use the split screen option to use other applications or make notes while viewing the whiteboard.

6. Multiple Monitors:  Magnify apps on more than one screen to multi-task with ease

SuperNova can also benefit students working across multiple monitors. Students can magnify as many displays as required, expanding their view, and choose different levels of magnification. They have the ability to multi-task across applications, for example researching online on one screen and writing an essay on another.

Students can mix and match monitor solutions, whether they are touch screens or standard with any resolution, and easily switch between monitors with a hotkey.

Find out more

Dolphin SuperNova V19 is available in three editions to suit varying degrees of sight loss and visual impairments suitable for windows tablets, laptops, and desktops. It is available as software, on a device USB for added portability and as part of the Connect & Learn package.

Visit our ecommerce site to shop SuperNova.

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Aleena Munir <![CDATA[#Go Red for Dyslexia]]> https://www.dyslexic.com/?p=17154 2020-10-26T09:45:55Z 2020-10-26T09:37:30Z This year iansyst are excited to be apart of #GoRed for Dyslexia, a campaign by Succeed with Dyslexia during the entire month of October. Succeed with Dyslexia run multiple international campaigns during the year and have created Go Red, a global community of passionate individuals, companies, schools, and organisations driving for a greater understanding of [...]

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We are proud supporters of Go Red for Dyslexia

This year iansyst are excited to be apart of #GoRed for Dyslexia, a campaign by Succeed with Dyslexia during the entire month of October. Succeed with Dyslexia run multiple international campaigns during the year and have created Go Red, a global community of passionate individuals, companies, schools, and organisations driving for a greater understanding of dyslexia.

Together, we can create a world where dyslexics are understood and empowered.

By taking back the colour red, often used to mark incorrect spellings at school the #GoRed initiative is a step towards globally promoting dyslexia and giving dyslexic people the tools to succeed.

This month has included many ways for businesses and individuals to get involved, such as promoting the #GoRedforDyslexia hashtag, downloading the Go Red social graphics, dancing to a song on the Go Red playlist, wearing red for the day, and taking a photo for their company’s social media, making the company logo red and encouraging their local buildings to light up red.

There is still time to get involved, visit here https://www.succeedwithdyslexia.com/go-red/ to learn more.

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Aleena Munir <![CDATA[Ergonomic Assessment Service for DSA Students]]> https://www.dyslexic.com/?p=17000 2020-09-23T10:58:05Z 2020-09-23T10:36:41Z     We are pleased to announce that we are offering a DSA specialist ergonomic assessment and product fulfilment service. We are providing this assessment and report writing service free of charge and will handle all of the product purchasing and the on-site set-up and training of the equipment. We understand the importance of supporting [...]

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We are pleased to announce that we are offering a DSA specialist ergonomic assessment and product fulfilment service. We are providing this assessment and report writing service free of charge and will handle all of the product purchasing and the on-site set-up and training of the equipment.

We understand the importance of supporting students during Covid -19 and the positive impact that can have on their learning and overall health and well-being during their studies. Ensuring they have the correct equipment needed is important to prevent further injury and a comfortable learning environment to those with a disability.

Given the covid-19 pandemic, we have developed a remote ergonomic assessment process combined with an on-site assessment final check for students with complex disabilities following strict hygiene and social distancing measures.

 

Our Assessment Service

  • In the first phase, we aim to complete each assessment within one week of receiving your referral. Prior to the assessment, we will send the student a questionnaire, covering key questions such as what equipment they currently use and we will also request digital photos and video of their current workstation and equipment. The assessment itself looks holistically at the student’s individual needs, with our assessor providing the student with detailed product information including product specifications, images and video, to ensure the correct fit and suitability of each recommended product.
  • After the assessment, we will provide you with a comprehensive hand written assessment report and recommended products and quote within 1-2 days. Our assessor will compile the report highlighting the student’s background and any identified issues with detailed information on suitable adaptations and recommend ergonomic solutions needed to help support the student.
  • Our Consultant will deliver, assemble and set-up the student’s equipment at a time and date that suits them whilst following the guidance set by Public Health England and Scotland. Guidance and training on how the student can adjust and maintain their equipment themselves is provided with additional health and well-being training given to ensure the student is comfortable and happy during their education.
  • The final phase is ensuring the continual support of each student. Our Assessor and Consultant will leave their contact details for the student to contact them, plus we provide the student with the additional resources on how they can access our many lines of support.

 

For more information please contact our Ergonomics team at ergonomics@iansyst.co.uk

Alternatively you can contact us on 01223 420 101 or https://www.iansyst.co.uk/contact/

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Jay Cochran http://www.dyslexic.com <![CDATA[We Are Supporting Purple Tuesday!]]> https://www.dyslexic.com/?p=11831 2020-06-05T14:54:23Z 2020-06-05T11:30:53Z Why Support Purple Tuesday?

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At dyslexic.com, we are pleased to be supporting Purple Tuesday; the UK’s first accessible shopping day! This is a fantastic initiative from We Are Purple, a charity that is committed to changing the conversation on disability by bringing businesses and disabled people together.

Why Support Purple Tuesday?

Shopping shouldn’t be a stressful experience (unless you are doing your food shop on a Saturday!). Being able to walk into a store, browse the products and pick out something you like should be a simple experience for everyone.

As nearly 20% of the UK has a disability or health condition, shopping can be alienating and often difficult due to many existing barriers in the retail space.  Whether shops or restaurants are inaccessible to wheelchair users or staff are not trained to help customers with certain conditions, there are improvements that need to be made to create accessible retail experiences for everyone.

This is a win-win situation. Once shops, restaurants and supermarkets are on board to make reasonable adjustments for their disabled customers, they can tap into the “purple pound” which is worth £249 million. The Purple Pound is often referred to the combined spending power of the UK’s disabled population, which currently isn’t being released because of the existing challenges when shopping.

More on Purple Tuesday…

How We Will Be Support Purple Tuesday

We are pleased to be supporting Purple’s Accessible Shopping Day and will be rolling out some fantastic offers on our website, Dyslexic.com. The perks you can find on the day include:

  • Special assistive technology bundles for the day
  • Live chat support until 8pm
  • On-hand phone support from our advisors from 8:30am to 5:30pm

At Dyslexic.com, we continually work on our website to ensure that it is accessible for all. We hope that you have a stress-free experience selecting the right product for you. Please get in contact with a member of staff if you need extra information by ringing 01223 420 101 or contacting us on our live chat in the left hand corner.

We always welcome feedback, so please feel free to contact us at info@iansyst.co.uk if you have a suggestion.

We hope you have a great Purple Tuesday and show your support on social media by using the hashtag #PurpleTuesday!

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Jay Cochran http://www.dyslexic.com <![CDATA[How Dictation can help with Dyslexia]]> https://www.dyslexic.com/?p=16499 2020-05-12T11:03:47Z 2020-05-12T10:46:12Z Dictating documents and emails, whether it is on a PC, tablet or phone, is no longer new technology. All operating systems from Windows to Mac to Android and iOS have had this capability built-in for some time. Additionally, there are extremely powerful software applications such as Dragon 15 that can be purchased with all sorts [...]

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Dictating documents and emails, whether it is on a PC, tablet or phone, is no longer new technology. All operating systems from Windows to Mac to Android and iOS have had this capability built-in for some time. Additionally, there are extremely powerful software applications such as Dragon 15 that can be purchased with all sorts of additional functionality and incredible accuracy.

For most people, the option of dictating rather than typing is a ‘nice to have’ feature. However, for a person with dyslexia, it can make the world of difference…

Let’s think about the processes that have to happen to create a piece of writing…

  1. We have to have a clear idea of what we want to convey.
  2. We need to know what words to use.
  3. We need to recall what individual words look like so we can spell them correctly.
  4. We need to recall which version of certain words to use; was it there or their, for example?
  5. We also need to recall the rules for punctuation.
  6. And we need to give structure to the overall content of the information.

We know that for a person with dyslexia the brain will process reading functions differently than a non-dyslexic person, and it may be more difficult and take more processing capability to perform word or language-based tasks. Very quickly, the vast majority of processing ability can be taken up with finding the right word, remembering how to spell it, etc. leaving less processing power to focus on conveying the message in the way they want to.

Dictating is a way of being able to ‘sub-contract’ a lot of those tasks out of the brain. By just speaking the words naturally, the technology can worry about the spelling, picking the right version of a word, and even punctuation to some degree.

This frees up a big chunk of processing power enabling the individual to better focus on what can’t be sub-contracted out, i.e. structuring what they want to write – whether it be a simple email or a complex report.

Once the dictation has been completed, the text information is now available in a digital format. This means that literacy support and text-to-speech features can be used to easily spell-check the information and also to hear it read back aloud, minimising further stress to get the task completed quickly.

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Jay Cochran http://www.dyslexic.com <![CDATA[What ergonomics do you need to consider when Working from Home?]]> https://www.dyslexic.com/?p=16489 2020-05-12T13:49:21Z 2020-05-12T10:45:50Z On the one hand you need to ensure a safe, efficient working environment; on the other, space may be very limited or have to be dual purpose: the kitchen or dining table becomes the office.  Many of us will be working from a computer and a range of mobile devices to access information online, the [...]

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On the one hand you need to ensure a safe, efficient working environment; on the other, space may be very limited or have to be dual purpose: the kitchen or dining table becomes the office.  Many of us will be working from a computer and a range of mobile devices to access information online, the aim of this article is to help you consider the type of ergonomics that can support you.

Whatever your Working from Home arrangement, your employer has a responsibility that you should have access to the tools you need to do your job, and this would include providing appropriate ergonomic equipment and that you can access a Display Screen Ergonomic assessment or, in these days of Coronavirus social distancing, a remote DSE assessment from a professional.

Avoid working directly from a laptop

Working continuously at a bare laptop on table, or lap, means you are putting yourself at risk of future injury. The keyboard and screen are at the wrong height and angle and the trackpad is uncomfortable and inefficient compared with a mouse. A separate keyboard and mouse will enable a better posture, and a laptop stand will bring the screen up to eye level when working on a table top, so lessening the risk of aches and injury to shoulder, arm and wrist and of eye strain and headaches. Our Standivarius bundle is a low cost way of making this basic upgrade.

For serious and efficient work a second monitor is normally essential and easily plugged in to your laptop as an extension screen.

Choose seating with care

Having the right chair is critical to ensure that:

  1. Hands are at the right height for the keyboard and mouse;
  2. Shoulders are relaxed, not hunched;
  3. The seat does not press on the underside of your thighs (you may need a footrest).
  4. You can reach to where you need to;
  5. You are sitting comfortably, with appropriate back support.

The normal solution in an office is a traditional adjustable office chair. The images below show the position you are aiming at. They are from the Health & Safety Executive’s authoritative Seating at work guide for employers.

There is a selection of visually appealing, compact and adaptable chairs on the market which are ideal for home use. In some cases you can choose from a selection of fabric colours to fit in with your home décor.

Desking

Ideally you will have room for a permanent work desk, rather than having to use another work surface.

Many home office desks are 600mm deep, whilst the standard office desk is 800mm deep. The 600mm desk is more compact, but this may create a problem. You will usually find it most comfortable to have your screen at roughly arm’s length. If you have multiple very large screens, you might want them further back than 600 mm, so 800mm is better.

Also, consider that some tables do not make good desks because they have too deep a bar beneath the surface which makes it impossible to fit your legs underneath and yet be at the right height for computer work.

A significant number of people now prefer to work standing up – whether as a solution to back problems or because it helps them to keep mobile. So you might prefer to locate a desk area where you can work for periods of time, for example, at a kitchen counter, to make a higher desk, or, for an option that meets your exact needs, to buy an adjustable sit/stand desk. You might also want to consider a standing chair to help give a bit of support.

Headsets

When you are using a computer, phone or tablet for online meetings or calls, you will want to be able to clearly hear all that is being said and that others can clearly hear you.  We would recommend that you consider using a headset for clarity, particularly if you have background noises. There are a range of headsets types, with or without microphones, for you to choose from.

Access to electrics

There are key considerations for safe access to electrics for your home office equipment:

  1. You are likely to need an extension lead. It should be surge protected and you may want one which turns off peripherals automatically when the computer itself is turned off. (It is nonetheless wise to unplug it and your router during a thunderstorm). Make sure that it does not become a trip hazard: put it under the carpet or tape it into a corner as necessary and avoid placing it anywhere near where people will walk.
  2. Your employer may want any equipment PAT tested to ensure that it is safe. Please discuss this with your employer in advance for any new electrical equipment that you feel you need during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Lighting

Don’t put up with poor lighting. You may need extra lighting to enable you to read comfortably. Use an LED desk lamp with a natural lighting colour.

You also need to be careful to position your screen where you can see it clearly – without glare on the screen from lighting, or from windows behind you or glare from sunshine in front of you.

Disabilities and Assistive Technology

Do you have a disability or health condition that means that you need more specialist Assistive Technology? There are a range of software and portable devices that can help you.  Your employer may be able to provide you with agreed assistive technology and ergonomic products as part of your workplace adjustments for working from home:

  • There is a range of software and colour overlays that can assist with visual problems:
    1. Visual Impairment software that can help you to: navigate your computer, provide  screen magnification, as well as larger fonts, greater contrast in text and screen reading (text to speech synthesis i.e. the computer reading out loud).  Software solutions include Dolphin Supernova, Kurzweil and Jaws.
    2. Visual Impairment solutions that can help to turn printed text into digital alternative formats that you can then customise to suit your reading requirements; such as large fonts, audio files, braille etc such as Dolphin EasyConvertor.
    3. Different colours of physical ‘overlays’ that can be placed over monitors to help reduce Visual stress (Meares-Irlen syndrome) discomfort when reading normal text.
    4. Specialist Glasses that help with colour blindness.
  • Literacy Support Software and hand held scanning devices to assist with cognitive problems e.g. dyslexia. To provide support with reading, writing, or particularly, spelling difficulties as well as proof-reading written work.  Solutions include Claro software, TextHelp Read and Write, and VeritySpell an advanced spellchecker.  The C-Pen Reader Pen is a stand alone digital scanning pen that also features text-to-speech reading and an in-built Collins dictionary.  You can save the scanned text directly into your computer via USB.
  • Note Taking Software and devices will help to support a range of disabilities as well as being a great productivity tool. They record and capture important audio information that you need, for example, whilst in meetings or lectures, without missing the debate as you try to make notes.  Once you have a recording, these devices will help you to bookmark essential sections of audio, so that you can easily re-listen and incorporate into your work.  This approach will help you to more easily conduct research, produce minutes and reports.  Sonocent software enables you to record and annotate audio in a very easy and intuitive way, as well as Olympus or Phillips Digital Voice Recorders and the Livescribe Pen – all worth reviewing.
  • Hearing Impairment devices that can offer a whole solution connecting with hearing aids and customised to your requirements; including specialist lightweight microphones to provide enhanced sound, apps with connection to smartphone devices and there are also adaptable telephone handsets etc. The Phonak products provide an excellent range of hearing solutions and the Geemarc telephone handsets.
  • Speech Recognition Software that will turn your speech into ‘text’ to produce documents and also, into ‘actions’, to help you navigate your computer interface and files. This will help to reduce repetitive strain injury for high levels of keyboard work.  Dragon v15 software is highly accurate.  You can also use a headset to dictate whilst you are mobile therefore not always needing to be seated at your desk and helping to increase your productivity.
  • Physical aches and pains, headaches, shoulder, elbow, arm, back, leg and wrist pains; all of which suggest that particular attention needs to be given to the work space and may call for specialist hardware from mice, keyboards and tracking devices, through desks and chairs to lighting. The Contour rollermouse and Penguin mouse provide an ergonomic alternative to the traditional mouse design.

All these conditions need treating seriously. At best they affect productivity. At worst, not attending to a wrist pain in time can mean a crippling long term injury which stops you using your hands.

Our dyslexic.com assistive technology shop has more information on all the tools to help overcome these problems. Increasingly accessibility features are built into the major software environments like Windows, IOS and Android/Chrome, and formal training is helpful to ensure you can get the best use from them. And the built-in accessibility tools can have limitations so you may benefit from more specialist tools dependent upon your needs such as Dragon speech recognition software or professional literacy support software such as those featured above.

At Iansyst we can provide you with a range of assistive technology, and ergonomics, as well as online training sessions on how to use the products and accessibility features.  We provide solutions for a broad range of disabilities, more info at www.dyslexic.com

Tax and VAT

Don’t forget that:

  1. If you are buying kit for yourself to work from home, you can normally reclaim income tax on it as a work expense. The snag is you may have to fill in a Self Assessment tax return if you do not already do so.
  2. If you have a disability or a long term health condition you may be able to buy many of the Assistive Technology items, if they have been designed as such, without paying VAT. You will need to sign a disability declaration VAT zero-rated form.

 

This article was written by:

Stuart Nottingham, Director of Workspace Health Ltd, Chartered Physiotherapist

Janine King, CEO of iDiversity Consulting Ltd & Iansyst Ltd

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Jay Cochran http://www.dyslexic.com <![CDATA[The New Livescribe Aegir Smartpen]]> https://www.dyslexic.com/?p=12263 2019-01-16T13:15:54Z 2019-01-04T16:48:06Z The post The New Livescribe Aegir Smartpen appeared first on Dyslexic.com.

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The new Livescribe Aegir Smartpen is an industry-leading aid that facilitates faster and easier note-taking. Enabling users to capture, search and share handwritten notes on digital devices, the latest smartpen from Livescribe offers multiple accessibility features and benefits for disabled people.

The Aegir Smartpen: How It Works

The stylish Aegir Smartpen comes with an ink cartridge, a lined notepad, quick start guide, and micro-USB charging cable. Paired with the Livescribe+ mobile app, notes become much more useful when you can organise, tag, search and convert to text using the Aegir Smartpen.

The smartpen itself is comparable in size and weight to a standard ballpoint. It glides smoothly and has a comfortable, easy-to-grip ergonomical design. As it’s so light and easy to use, there is no need to adjust your writing style and it takes little time to get used to the pen.

The Aegir has a capacity to load up to 1,200 A4 pages of data and the battery lasts for an impressive 14 hours. The software is exceptionally capable at reading handwriting and can recognise 22 different languages. With an expert combination of functionality and aesthetic appeal, the Aegir Smartpen is versatile, adaptable and a pleasure to use.

Using the Aegir Smartpen

Transferring written notes and audio recordings to digital devices is fast and simple when you have a fully-paired connection. Recorded notes are accurately transcribed and made ready-to-share across your cloud services from the Livescribe+ app. Furthermore, tapping on the convenient play-back symbols on the Livescribe paper allows you to slow down or speed up the audio recording, control the volume and even bookmark key information.

How the Aegir Smartpen can help Employees

The Aegir Smartpen is an invaluable asset for employees with a wide range of disabilities, thus improving performance. Once equipped with the Aegir Smartpen, employees can work much faster and more efficiently, resulting in an increase in productivity.

The audio recording facility enables slow note-takers and those with chronic fatigue and neurodiverse conditions such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD, to take fewer written notes and spend more time listening and absorbing information. With cutting-edge technology and multifunctional innovation, the Aegir Smartpen is able to accommodate and enhance a diverse workforce.

This article is written by: 

Carrie Aimes 

Carrie Aimes is a disability blogger, campaigner and feature writer for Disability Horizons. She has a BA (Hons) in Art & English Literature. Carrie lives with the rare, progressive condition Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy.

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Jay Cochran http://www.dyslexic.com <![CDATA[Kaz Type’s New City and Guilds Assured Edition]]> https://www.dyslexic.com/?p=12151 2018-12-18T10:04:04Z 2018-12-10T11:59:52Z The post Kaz Type’s New City and Guilds Assured Edition appeared first on Dyslexic.com.

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Being able to type quickly and accurately is becoming increasingly important in an era where email is the main form of communication. This is why the organisation KAZ has been teaching people to type more efficiently for over 20 years. In addition to learning the basics of typing in 90 minutes, KAZ also includes many accessibility options for people with disabilities, such as dyslexia, and at the end of the course you can become City and Guilds Assured.

Kaz Type City and Guilds Assured

Learn to type with KAZ

After logging into the website you will be prompted to select your country’s keyboard and any accessibility features you may need. You will then receive an overview of the course and learn how to use its features. There is also information provided about the importance that posture plays in typing, in order to prevent Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), which is pain felt in muscles, nerves and tendons caused by repetitive movement and overuse of the upper limbs.

The course begins with exercises that teach you proper finger placement and how to accurately touch all of the 26 letter keys. Once you have mastered those skills you can move on to learning punctuation and practicing your speed and accuracy. The KAZ course is very thorough and gives you lots of opportunities to practice the important skills.

It’s accelerated learning method of teaching uses brain balance and muscle memory in order to have a lasting effect.


Buy Kaz Type's City and Guilds Assured Edition Today!

City and Guilds Assured

The KAZ program is the only award winning multi-sensory touch typing course which is City & Guilds Assured. This is a certification which is valued by employers and one that will make you stand out on your CV. Once you finish the course and feel confident, you are able to take the multiple choice and timed typing test to see if you qualify.


Accommodations for Disabled People

Touch typing has many benefits for people with disabilities, which is why KAZ has also made a commitment to making its program user friendly for everyone. There are settings for people with hearing and visual impairments, as well as neurodiverse conditions such as dyslexia, ADHD, and autism. KAZ recently developed a program specifically for people with dyslexia. As their program can be used by all, it is able to accommodate a diverse workforce and provide everyone with an educational experience.

Typing tutors

Typing benefits employees and businesses

Businesses, schools and governmental organisations have all found success using the KAZ typing program. According to research, 95% of employees waste time by ‘hunt and pecking’ at their keyboard.

Once equipped with correct typing techniques, employees can work much more quickly and efficiently allowing them to get more work done in a shorter period of time and with less stress.

Are you interested in learning more about different workplace accommodations or assistive technology for people with disabilities? Iansyst is a leading disability services supplier in the UK with expertise in this area! Get in touch with a member of staff on 01223 420 101 or drop us an email.

Written by Shannon Kelly – Shannon is a writer based in Chicago and a Journalism graduate from the University of Illinois. She uses a manual wheelchair due to a spinal cord injury, and is passionate about international travel and the environment. She frequently documents her experiences of living with a disability on Disability Horizons and her personal website.

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Jay Cochran http://www.dyslexic.com <![CDATA[How Can Assistive Technology Support Dyslexia?]]> https://www.dyslexic.com/?p=11531 2018-10-02T10:59:24Z 2018-10-01T15:31:31Z It's Dyslexia Awareness Week! Find out what assistive technology can help the different aspects of dyslexia.

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This week is Dyslexia Awareness Week (1st of October – 7th October), which is organised by the British Dyslexia Association. Despite most people being aware of the condition, there are still misconceptions about dyslexia, so this week is important to highlight the condition, bust myths and to shed light on the provisions and strategies out there to support the condition in the classroom or at home.

What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia can affect a person’s reading, writing and spelling but it can also affect other areas such as the working memory, sequencing, time management, orientation and much more. There are links to dyslexia being hereditary and there isn’t a cure, however there is a wide range of support available that can enable dyslexic individuals to break down barriers and overcome their own challenges.

Dyslexia and Assistive Technology 

This year’s  focus is on assistive technology, which has fast become a crucial aid to dyslexics who are at work or in the classroom. Assistive technology can be software, hardware or devices that ensure independence and productivity for the day-to-day life of the user.

Text-to-Speech Software

Text-to-Speech software has become invaluable to students and workplaces. The software can read emails, web pages, PDFs and Office documents in natural sounding voices. They also provide spell and homophone checkers and highlighting tools, which can enable independence when producing and proofreading their own work.  


Learn more about the different solutions

Speech Recognition Software

Speech recognition can quickly transfer a person’s spoken words into digital text. The software can also help the user to navigate round their computers, create and edit documents, surf the web and send an email – all through their voice.  Some speech recognition software is up to three times faster than typing.


Read more on speech recognition

Reader Pens

Reader pens are becoming popular products in schools as they allow the user to process sentences quicker and understand the context. The pen is a portable device that traces over a printed sentence and then reads back the words. There are also exam-approved versions available, which can aid students and create a level playing field in tests.


See our range of reader pens

Dyslexia in the Workplace

Since 1 in 10 people are dyslexic, it’s not just a condition that schools should be aware of – under the 2010 Equality act, workplaces are now by law required to make workplace adjustments for their employees with disabilities and health conditions. This means that if an employee with dyslexia has asked for extra support to help them with their job role, management need to ensure that reasonable and correct provisions are put in place for their staff.

“There is apprehension amongst businesses about how to best approach workplace adjustments and an uncertainty about how much it will cost,” Janine King says, who is the Managing Director of Dyslexic.com and Iansyst. “This is where the government’s Access to Work grant can help – as this fund can help cover the cost of the training, technology, coaching amongst other support.” More information on Access to Work can be found in your local job centre.

What’s Next…

Let’s keep the conversation on dyslexia and assistive technology open and continue to spread awareness beyond this week. For more information on assistive technology, get in touch with iansyst (ecommerce@dyslexic.com), who can guide you through what technology and support would be most suitable for the individual.

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