We're proud to be supporting Go Red for Dyslexia this ‘Dyslexia Awareness Week’, with this year’s theme being #DyslexiaCreates. The Dyslexia Creates theme is looking at the power of dyslexia to create ideas, organisations and society and the invaluable contribution this makes to the UK.
Last year’s Go Red campaign saw buildings lighting up red as far afield as Australia and Canada. Here at Remtek, our team will be dressing in red and promoting dyslexia awareness across the business.
As part of the awareness campaign we caught up with Assistive Technology Trainers, John-Michael and Thomas to discuss how they help dyslexic students through effective training sessions.
How do you directly support dyslexic students?
Thomas “The students are supported firstly, by all trainers and members of Remtek completing disability awareness courses to gain full knowledge and an understanding of the different disabilities. The training sessions are worked around each student. So, if for example, we are training in mind mapping software, we will ask if they have work or issues that this would help with and tailor it around that.”
John-Michael “Our tailored training sessions are one-to-one, supporting each student’s preferred learning style.”
What difficulties have you faced when delivering training?
Thomas “Some of the most common difficulties are misspelling, time management, understanding the meanings of words and structuring essays. The software provided allows students to feel at ease and more confident when doing their work.”
Why is the training so important alongside the software?
Thomas “Having a trainer to explain how to use the software supports each students' specific needs. It also enables them to have any questions answered that cannot be supported by simple user guides. They regain control over their studies and managing their workload, rather than feeling overwhelmed.”
Would you recommend the software and training for dyslexic students?
John-Michael “I myself use the AT programs in my spare time to write for fun. Having this deep knowledge of the software helps me to show the student memorable ways to learn. There are so many resources out there that can help students and all our trainers are constantly kept up to date on the latest software and equipment available.”
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Too many people with dyslexia leave school without receiving a diagnosis, or the support they need. This is something that needs to change! That's why we're calling on the UK Government to ensure there is funding for diagnostic assessments and targeted support in every school. Every child should have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Visit change.org to sign the petition.
This week we’ll be taking part in a range of activities to raise awareness of dyslexia and how our support can enable students to thrive, nationwide. Take a look at our services to find out more!