Equipment and Training

Reasonable adjustment for hidden disabilities requires provision of specialist equipment such as software and hardware. Common equipment recommendations include:

Mind-mapping software: allows reports and projects to be completed in a visual manner from concept to completion; it can then be converted into a linear format in Word at the click of a button. This encourages use of dyslexic strengths such as creative thinking and use of shape and colour.


Voice activated software: provides the ability to control both text production and mouse control via voice command. This helps to overcome difficulties with typing, spelling, grammar and punctuation whilst encouraging use of dyslexic strengths such as verbal articulation.

Text-to-speech software: reads text aloud, through speakers or headphones, to provide multi-sensory access to text, increasing accuracy and retention of information. This helps to overcome difficulty with reading accuracy and has a dyslexia specific spellchecker to aid proofreading.

Dictaphones: digital voice recorders (DVRs) provide the means to record information to reduce strain placed on working memory. They can be used in conjunction with voice activated software to enhance functionality.

PDAs: Access to a PDA or smartphone provides mobile access to calendars, diaries and uploaded documents. This helps to overcome difficulty with organisation, time management and memory.