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Working from Home - Accessibility and Assistive Technology 0

Free Webinar

 

This FREE webinar will be hosted by Arran Smith, founder of the Dyslexia Show and Microsoft accessibility expert.

Arran will talk about the following:

  • Using accessibility features in Microsoft Teams
  • How to organise and run accessible online meetings
  • Arran’s own experience going through the Access to Work process and using his adjustments at home
  • How Arran uses assistive technology in his home office

 The webinar will last for one hour with additional time for a Q&A session with Arran at the end.

 

Wednesday 1st April @ 11:00

 

Sign up now: WORKING FROM HOME WEBINAR

Dyslexia Box Statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19) 0

 

Monday 23rd March 2020

 

We would like to advise our customers, clients and partners that it is business as usual at Dyslexia Box.

 

Many of our clients work in key sectors (such as health, police, law, government, critical business etc.) and we remain focused on our responsibility to support disabled employees.

 

We have also seen large numbers of people who would normally work in offices move to working from home. We realise that these people will continue to need the services and support which we have been providing and we want to reassure you that we will continue providing the highest level of support.

 

We have invested in our remote training and coaching infrastructure after receiving requests for our services to be delivered this way. The current government guidance suggests that we can still deliver training and coaching services face to face, however, we would recommend that you do take up the option of having your sessions delivered remotely.

 

The coronavirus will have an impact on all of our lives in the coming months, but we will continue to focus on supporting people with disabilities in the workplace.

 

If you would like to discuss any of this further, please do not hesitate to get in touch: 01223 608 491

 

Nuerotalent Unlocked Webinar 0

Online Learning to Empower Neurodiversity in the Workplace

We're delighted to announce our partnership with Neurotalent Unlocked, a leading online learning platform on neurodiversity.

To celebrate our new partnership we are inviting you to attend a free webinar on Friday 8th November 2019 where you will learn why Neurotalent Unlocked is a great tool for those who support neurodiverse conditions such as dyslexia, autism, ADHD, dyscalculia and Asperger's syndrome in the workplace.

 

Book your FREE place on the webinar

 

2:30pm, Monday 11th November 2019

 

How do I join the webinar?

 

1. Click on the above link

2. Download Zoom

3. Enter the Meeting ID when asked: 661 445 012

 

If you can't make the webinar, sign up anyway and we'll email you a recording!

 

 

What is Neurotalent Unlocked?

 

Awareness of dyslexia and other neurodiverse conditions have grown significantly in the last few years. In the workplace, more business leaders are speaking openly about their own neurodiverse conditions and organisations are taking proactive steps to create environments that nurture neurodiverse talent.

 

Exact numbers vary depending on the study, but approximately one in ten people can be identified as having a neurodiverse condition. However, there are still many challenges when it comes to supporting neurodiversity in the workplace, especially if managers or work colleagues are poorly informed of a neurodifference.

 

Many individuals still associate a neurodiverse condition with a level of stigma, making them often unwilling to engage in support, or are fearful if they disclose their condition it may negatively impact how they are perceived at work.

 

Similarly, many managers are unsure how to approach the subject with an employee, wondering that may be cause offense or say the ‘wrong thing’. As well as finding time in a managers or employees busy schedules, many neurodiversity services also come with potential waiting lists, costs an organisation may not be willing to cover, or have limited access outside of larger urban centres.

 

These kinds of challenges I know all too well, both as a dyslexic individual and as the Founder and CEO of a neurodiversity specialist consultancy. After completing my studies and becoming a Chartered Occupational Psychologist, in addition to spending several years working in the corporate sector, I established Lexxic in 2007 with the aim of empowering neurodiversity within the workplace.

 

Since then, we have grown to a team of psychologists that work with occupational health providers, HR professionals and government organisations to empower neurodiversity at work.

 

 

Why Online Learning?

 

After several years of delivering many face-to-face screening, diagnostic and workplace assessments, it became clear to us in person solutions were not going to be the right fit for everyone.

 

For example, many individuals wanted to learn at their own pace and in their own time, had busy schedules, or were frustrated when appointments were not immediately available to them. It often led them to browse the internet looking for neurodiversity resources – and while there are many helpful resources online – sometimes they would receive incorrect information, mixed messages, or they would disengage as they felt the content was poorly put together.

 

Similarly, we would run training workshops for managers in organisations to raise awareness, only for several of the participants to send apologies that ‘something came up’ and not attend. Frustrated HR managers felt they had invested their training budget yet weren’t reaching the full audience of managers that they needed to.

 

This led us to create Neurotalent Unlocked, which is an online learning platform which contains skills-based modules for employees and awareness raising modules for managers. Each module is delivered using engaging video-based content, based on real-life stories, that tell the journey of a neurodiverse individual or a manager who is supporting an individual with a neurodiverse condition at work.

 

Each module also illustrates practical skills and techniques to support individuals achieving success in the workplace and helps managers become aware of how they can support neurodiversity at work.

 

 

Evidence

 

Recently, we completed a study with a Leading UK Bank to review the effectiveness of the platform.

 

In order to do this, Lexxic assessed 62 staff members with neurodiverse conditions and recommended the relevant eLearning modules to them. While online learning will never replace the benefit of meeting with a psychologist face to face, it can still be used as a supportive and complimentary resource.

 

For example, 79% of staff reported an improvement in their writing skills following completion of the ‘Improve Your Writing’ module and 69% of staff reported an improvement in their abilities when completing the ‘Improving Your Reading’ module. As each module takes only one hour to complete, the time invested translates into immediate results for the individual and organisation.

 

 

Book your FREE place on the webinar

 

2:30pm, Monday 11th November 2019

 

How do I join the webinar?

 

1. Click on the above link

2. Download Zoom

3. Enter the Meeting ID when asked: 661 445 012

 

If you can't make the webinar, sign up anyway and we'll email you a recording!

 

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 info@learninglabs.co

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:

Dragon

TextHelp Read&Write

Claroread

MindView

Inspiration

Notetalker

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.