Here are some suggestions that will enable learners who have difficulty with dyslexia to get the most out of your online session:

  • Personality and privacy check - do they want others to know and if so what is their preferred explanation.
  • Pre-empt spelling issues by clarifying value of contribution over the value of literary flair.
  • Depending on the context the presenter can send any test dense resources to delegate beforehand
  • Ensure that your text is not too dense. Use relevant images to support slide text.
  • Build in staging points for the facilitator to summarise key threads aurally and invite other contributions.
  • Give option of 'open mic' for questions or comments.
  • Ask participants which aspects of the session they would prefer to concentrate on. If they have already received the resources and script this will be easier.
  • Participants may want to access some aspects of the session afterwards, so make session materials available.
  • Facilitator uses periodic private messaging to check all is ok.


There are many technologies, both specialist and mainstream, that can help learners who have difficulty with dyslexia. These websites will give you more information:


Jisc TechDis - Learners who are Dyslexic

British Dyslexia Association - Technology

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