Assistive Technology for Students with Dyslexia - Freeware for Windows

General Post-Primary Courses
Date Venue
4th November 2019 Navan Education Centre
11th November 2019 Athlone Education Centre
14th November 2019 Blackrock Education Centre
19th November 2020 Laois Education Centre
25th November 2020 Dublin West Education Centre
5th February 2020 Donegal Education Centre
11th February 2020 Kilkenny Education Centre
26th February 2020 Cork Education Support Centre
3rd March 2020 Galway Education Centre
10th March 2020 Wexford Education Centre
Registration: 8.45 AM
Seminar begins: 9.15 AM
Seminar concludes : 3.30 PM

Summary Description


This full-day seminar will provide professional development in assistive technology software for teachers of students with specific learning disabilities and will explore the use of this type of software in school.  

The seminar is available to both primary and post-primary teachers. This course will cover a range of free literacy support software and strategies available to all Windows users. The strategies covered are comparable to other professional software, such as Read & Write and Claroread, which are commonly recommended for pupils with specific learning disabilities such as dyslexia.


Anticipated Outcomes

  • Understand the role of this type of assistive technology in helping pupils with specific learning disabilities such as dyslexia
  • Be able to assistive technology strategies to support dyslexia and other learning difficulties
  • Be able to peer-support colleagues in the use of the technology and teach pupils how to use the software as the need arises
  • Be aware of the issues that can lead to the abandonment of assistive technology


Course Outline and Content

  • Learn how to access this free software and accessibility features as well as gain hands-on experience and confidence in its use
  • Develop the skills and knowledge to learn more about the technology independently after the course
  • Explore the practicalities of managing this type of software and associated hardware, such as laptops and scanners in school
  • Raise awareness of the issues that can lead to the abandonment of assistive technology



Information for Applicants

Participants will need basic computer skills such as being able to open folders, programs, files and documents; use right and left click on a mouse.  Knowledge of specialist software or advanced skills is not needed.

Participants should bring a USB key if they want to take a copy of the training notes and a trial version of the software.


The course is open to


  • Places are limited to 12 teachers and to one teacher per school
  • This seminar is open to Mainstream primary and post primary teachers who work with pupils with Special Educational Needs
  • Participants will require permission from the Board of Management to attend. Typically, substitution for this seminar will only be allowed to classroom teachers with primary responsibility for students with a special educational need and if it is deemed absolutely essential by the Principal
  • Typically substitution will only be allocated to non - substitute teachers
  • Payment is not available to teachers in a substitute capacity


Refreshments and lunch will be provided.