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Learning Labs launches Access to Work licence with Dyslexia Box 0

Join the FREE webinar to discover e-learning for assistive software

Learning Labs has launched Access to Work licences with Dyslexia Box. This engaging e-learning portal offers hundreds of interactive tutorials, teaching you how to use all of the leading assistive software, from Read&Write to MindView and many more.


Book your FREE place on the webinar here:

There are two webinar dates to choose from, click a link below to book your preference.


Option 1: Tuesday 19th March 2019, 2.00-2.30pm

Option 2: Thursday 21st March 2019, 9.30-10.00am

What is Learning Labs?

All of the most popular assistive software programmes are available to practice and learn in Learning Labs, including:

  • Dragon
  • MindView
  • MindJet Mindmanager
  • TextHelp Read&Write
  • ClaroRead
  • Sonocent Audio Notetaker
  • Global AutoCorrect
  • Evernote and many more (take a look at the portal snapshot below!)

Each Lab includes interactive tutorials that guide you through how to use a feature with step-by-step actions. You can also download an editable text guide, which you can customise, add your own notes to, save to your device or print off. There are also video guides so, if you get stuck, you can even watch how a feature is used.

Learning Labs is evolving and has recently undergone a phase of development. Take a quick look around in the video below and then you can book a free place on the webinar to discover all of the benefits

Why join the FREE webinar?

To celebrate launching the ‘Learning Labs Access to Work licence’ with Dyslexia Box, Learning Labs is running a free, 30-minute webinar, led by former assessor, Chris Collier.

What do assessors and learners say about Learning Labs?

Learning Labs has been successfully supporting higher education students in receipt of the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) for six years, and is now entering Access to Work as the first digital AT learning tool for the workplace.


Here’s what a learner had to say about Learning Labs:

“Learning Labs has been like the interactive textbook I can refer back to time and time again.”

– Connor Marston, Leeds University


Here’s what a DSA needs assessor had to say about the product:

“Learning Labs really are, in my mind, one of the few options to keep training alive and to enable learners to refresh skills and features.”

– Leo de Sousa-Webb, Exeter Access Centre.


Not booked your place on the FREE webinar yet?

Don’t miss out, choose from two date and time options for the Learning Labs webinar and see how the e-learning portal can provide quick-access support, at any time and in any place with an internet connection:

Option 1: Tuesday 19th March 2019, 2.00-2.30pm

Option 2: Thursday 21st March 2019, 9.30-10.00am

Got a Question?

If you have any questions about Learning Labs or the upcoming webinar, contact Learning Labs’ Internal Sales Consultant Emma Sheakey by phone on 0191 481 3368 or by emailing

Medincle Comes to Dyslexia Box 0

Medincle Comes to Dyslexia Box

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve added the award winning Medincle to our range of assistive technology software.


What is Medincle Spellchecker?

Medincle is a simple, uninstructive spellchecking tool which recognises medical terminology that standard word processors do not.

Trying to spell a word like benserazide in Microsoft Word could be a bit of a struggle, but with Medincle you don’t need to give it a second thought.

Medincle is an essential tool for all healthcare professionals and healthcare students. Medincle is available to buy online today and through our Access to Work provision.

Medincle AT Complete

What is Medincle AT Complete?

Medincle AT Complete is the single solution which works with all of the most popular assistive technology.

Not only does it come with the spellchecking function mentioned above, it will also allow you to dictate complex medical words using Dragon and work alongside other popular assistive technology such as TextHelp Read&Write. Medincle AT Complete is compatible with the following:


TextHelp Read&Write





Medincle AT Complete is ideal if you are in receipt of an Access to Work grant and have a number of assistive technology software packages on your computer.

What are people saying about Medincle?

I've just given it a go, and I have to say I'm very impressed with how accurate it is. I haven't managed to catch it out yet and will have to try very hard not to spend the next few hours attempting to do so!

I will say that I think it would be invaluable for any professional/student using medical terminology.


Kerry Pace

Diverse Learners

I found this software really, REALLY, useful - it has pretty much halved the time for me to make revision notes!


Medical Student

Cardiff University

Want to find out more?

Assistive Technology Webinars 0

Assistive Technology Webinars

We’re excited to announce that we’ll be running a series of webinars in collaboration with Arran Smith of SEND Group. The webinars are free and anyone can attend.

What will be covered?

The series of webinars will focus on some of the key areas of assistive technology and how they can help people of all ages with dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia and ADHD.

1. What is Dyslexia and how Assistive Technology can help?

Arran will talk about his experiences with dyslexia and how using assistive technology has helped him with his education, with his work and in everyday life.

Tuesday 15th January 2019 at 3:30 PM

2. The benefits of Text-to-Speech Software

Arran will demonstrate how this popular type of assistive technology helps with reading, writing, spelling, proofreading, visual stress and concentration.

Monday 21st January 2019 at 3:30 PM

3. How to get the most out of Speech Recognition Software

Most people have heard of Dragon, right? But how do you get the most out of Dragon and other forms of speech recognition software? You’ll find out here.

Tuesday 5th February 2019 at 3:30 PM

4. An Introduction to Mind Mapping and the best available options

There are a number of different Mind Mapping options out there. Arran will look at the best available and explain how mind mapping can help plan, create and develop ideas.

Tuesday 12th February 2019 at 3:30 PM

Who will benefit?

Anyone with an interest in how using assistive technology can help people with dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia and ADHD. The webinars are aimed at teachers & SENCo’s, parents, Access to Work Assessors, HR managers & professionals and anyone else with an interest in assistive technology.

Further Information

How much do the webinars cost?

Zero. All the webinars are all completely free of charge!

Information about the speaker, Arran Smith

Arran classes himself as one of the 4% of the population as a severely dyslexic adult.

When Arran was aged 9 he was diagnosed with dyslexia. He uses the metaphor that dyslexia is like going to the dentist, well that’s how it was for him all the way until he was 14, this was the age when he realised that dyslexia is a difference not a disadvantage.

During Arran’s working life he has worked in many industries including youth work, retail business and the not-for-profit sector. Arran has worked within the dyslexia sector for over 15 years. He is chairman of the Leicestershire Dyslexia Association and previously worked and volunteered for the British Dyslexia Association in varied roles.

Arran has spoken at many large conferences and events across the UK and more recently spoke at a national conference in India.


Despite Arran being severely dyslexic Arran uses technology to support his needs and without technology he would not be doing what he is doing today.

What is a webinar?

A webinar is an online conference or training session where delegates can watch from their computer, tablet or any device that can access the internet.

How do I access the webinar?

Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with a gotowebinar link within it that you must click. Please check your junk folder as some email accounts mark gotowebinar as junk.

Do I need any special equipment or software to watch?

You will need speakers or a headset, when you click on the link it will automatically open the software you require. You won't need to download or install any new software.

How long will it last?

Each webinar will last for approximately 1 hour.

Do I have to watch it live or can I watch it at a later date?

Our webinars are recorded and will be sent out only to participants that registered but did not attend.

What happens if I’m not available at the time of the webinar?

We can send a recording of the webinar if you cannot make it. All attendees will also receive a copy of the recording of the webinar.

Dyslexia Box to Exhibit at NDA / BDA Parent Pop-Up Roadshow Event

Dyslexia Box to Exhibit at NDA / BDA Parent Pop-Up Roadshow Event 0

We're excited to announce that we'll be exhibiting at the Northamptonshire Dyslexia Association & British Dyslexia Association Parent Pop-Up Roadshow event.

There's a fantastic lineup of speakers, exhibitor stands, advice and information from NDA's specialist tutors and NDA trustees. It promises to be a really informative day packed full of interesting discussion from some of the key minds in the world of dyslexia.

Date: Saturday 3rd November 2018, 11:30 am - 4:30 pm. registration is at 11:30 am.

Location: Malcom Arnold Academy, Trinity Avenue, Northampton, NN2 6JW


  • Helen Boden, BDA Chief Executive
  • Arran Smith, Microsoft
  • Hayley Maso, SEN Legal
  • John Hicks, Dyslexia Parenting Coach

What will be covered:

  • What is dyslexia? Supporting your child's needs; BDA CEO, Helen Boden
  • Empowering Potential; Arran Smith, Microsoft
  • Navigating the SEN Maze: Entitlement, Provision and Appeals; Hayley Mason, SEN Legal
  • How Does My Child's Dyslexia Affect Me?; John Hicks, Dyslexia Parenting Coach

The event will be sponsored by Meredith Kenny and Family. There will be an update on Meredith Kenny's Hadrian's Wall Charity Fund raising 91 mile hike. You can find out more here:

We will be in the exhibition area, for the entire day, displaying all the latest assistive technology and assistive aids for people of all ages with dyslexia, including:

  • The all-new Dragon Home 15 (Speech Recognition)
  • TextHelp Read&Write (Text to Speech)
  • C-Pen Reader and C-Pen Exam Reader (Reading Pen)
  • Livescribe Smartpen (Note taking)
  • OrCam MyEye (AI text reader and facial recognition)

The event is free to attend! You can book your tickets here:

See you there!

Dyslexia Box to Exhibit at the Leeds Dyslexia Festival

Dyslexia Box to Exhibit at the Leeds Dyslexia Festival 0

We’re excited to announce that we’ll be exhibiting at the inaugural Leeds Dyslexia Festival which takes place on Saturday 29th September 2018 at Elland Road Stadium.

The event organisers, Yorkshire Rose Dyslexia and PATOSS, have done a fantastic job putting together a great selection of keynote speakers and exhibitors. You’ll be able to hear from Helen Boden, CEO of the British Dyslexia Association (BDA), and Jonathan Glazzard, University of Huddersfield, amongst others.

The number of attendees has swelled to almost 700, which is great considering it’s the first one (the first of many we hope!). At the time of writing there were still a few places left, so if you want to attend (and why not, it’s free!) you can register for the event here:

Dyslexia Box will be in the exhibition area, for the entire day, displaying all the latest assistive technology and aids for people of all ages with dyslexia, including:

  • The all-new Dragon Home 15 (Speech Recognition)
  • TextHelp Read&Write (Text to Speech)
  • C-Pen Reader and C-Pen Exam Reader (Reading Pen)
  • Livescribe Smartpen (Note taking)
  • OrCam MyEye (AI text reader and facial recognition)

And if that selection doesn’t excite you, we’ll also be giving away free sweets, so come and say “hello”.

We look forward to seeing you all on the 29th September.

Dyslexia Box Sponsors SEN Jigsaw Local: Cambridge 0

 SEN Jigsaw Local: Cambridge

We're pleased to announce that we are sponsoring the SEN Jigsaw Local event in Cambridge on 19th September 2018.

The SEN Jigsaw Local is brought to you by the organisers of the SEN Jigsaw Conference which aims to help parents and teachers solve the 'SEN Puzzle' for a child.

Specifically for parents of children with Special Educational Needs, the SEN Jigsaw Local brings together specialists delivering topical talks that inform and empower parents as they support their children through education.

We are excited to be able to announce that our first SEN Jigsaw Local will be in Cambridge on the 19th September 2018.

It is expected be a great opportunity to not only obtain information that you can use to support your child but also serve as a great networking opportunity so that you can meet other parents and exchange ideas.

The ticket price includes a buffet and a glass of bubbly or non-alcoholic equivalent upon arrival at the wonderful CB2 Bistro which is close to the centre of Cambridge.

The Top 5 Ways Of Supporting My Child With Special Educational Needs.

John Hicks SEN Jigsaw Local

Father of daughters with SEN and Cambridge based Parenting Coach, John Hicks will explore the challenges that we, as parents have to go through to ensure that our children have the best chance of developing themselves during education and beyond. You will come away with five essential points which will empower you to be at your best in getting what your child needs. Find out more about John here.


Demystifying Education, Health & Care Plans: What Parents Should Know.

Laura Carr HCB Solicitors SEN Jigsaw Local

EHCP and Education Law Specialist, Laura Carr, will talk you through what an Education, Health and Care Plan is, how the system works and how to get one for your child.  Getting an EHCP has often been seen as difficult and confusing.  Laura will help to demystify some of the misunderstandings that often arise from tackling the Local Authority.

Find out more about Laura here.

Time Table For The Evening

18:30   Arrival, registration, eat and drink.
19:00   Welcome
19:10   First Talk "Demystifying Education, Health & Care Plans: What parents should know." - Laura Carr
19:40   Network, get a drink, ask questions.
20:00   Second Talk "The Top 5 Ways Of Supporting My Child With Special Educational Needs." - John Hicks
20:30   More networking, drinks.
20:50   Final comments.
21:00   Close
Tickets available here: