Adult Dyslexia initiative launched

AT a public meeting held in the Tullamore Court Hotel recently, the Offaly Branch of the DAI in conjunction with the Offaly Adult VEC Literacy Service, launched a new Adult Dyslexia initiative.

AT a public meeting held in the Tullamore Court Hotel recently, the Offaly Branch of the DAI in conjunction with the Offaly Adult VEC Literacy Service, launched a new Adult Dyslexia initiative.

There was a large turnout at the meeting and the initiative was very positively received. The meeting was addressed by a number of experts in the area of Dyslexia. The speakers included Mary Ball, Education Director of the Dyslexia Association of Ireland, Alison McEvoy, Offaly VEC Literacy Service, Patricia Kearney, Disability Service Coordinator AIT, Elaine O’Leary Assistant Technology Trainer AIT, Jackie Murphy NUIG and Yvonne Cunningham, Educational Psychologist.

An initial 10 week pilot project commenced last Tuesday, October 4 in Castle Buildings, Tullamore.

For further information contact Offaly Branch of DAI 086 2309009 or Offaly VEC Adult Literacy Service on 057 93 49424.

Meanwhile, the Dyslexia Association of Ireland has just launched a new, re-designed website with increased accessibility for people with reading difficulties called www.dyslexia.ie

The site has a range of features to aid accessibility. Text size can be increased or decreased. The background colour can be changed to aid readability.

The major accessibility feature is the inbuilt ReadSpeaker software which means that much of the content on the website can be read out by the computer, a great aid for those who struggle with reading. You simply click on the Listen button whenever you would like to have a section of text read for you. This is inbuilt into the website and doesn’t require any software to be downloaded onto the user’s computer.

Using a colour scheme derived from our logo, the new website has a modern, clear design. Information content has been re-organised to make it more accessible and user-friendly. Information is grouped for different users, such as parents, students, teachers, and adults with dyslexia.

This website will assist people to access accurate and relevant information on dyslexia in Ireland.