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Dyslexia: How interactive boards support help in the workplace

Interactive boards offer support for those with dyslexia, but why does it have to stop there, asks Mark Childerhouse, sales and marketing director, Pioneer Group

Interactive boards are an excellent way for people with dyslexia to work efficiently in the workplace. It affects people differently, but in general, most with the condition find reading and writing harder and struggle with the absorption of information when provided in written or verbal communication, which can make it challenging to keep up with the demands of a busy workplace. Smart interactive boards make it easier for employees with dyslexia to stay organised and productive by providing them with relevant visualisations of tasks and information they need to succeed.

Interactive boards can provide access to text-to-speech software, which can help people with dyslexia read and comprehend written material more easily. Text-to-speech software is an example of assistive technology available on many smart interactive boards that allow users to listen to rather than read large amounts of text in a shorter amount of time. This type of technology can be especially helpful for those who may struggle with longer pieces of writing or have difficulty understanding what they’ve read.

In addition, interactive boards offer tools that can help those with dyslexia. They often come loaded with features, including adjustable font sizes, changing fonts to those that are easy to read, such as Arial and Open Sans and colour schemes (people with dyslexia often find it easier to read text on light backgrounds but not white), text highlighting tools, visual cues for spelling words correctly, audio playback speeds control settings, image libraries and much more. All these features work together to help people better understand written material and complete tasks quickly and accurately.

Another way interactive boards help those with dyslexia is by offering various types of templates and customisable options. Templates make it easy for humans to organise their thoughts into something readable while still maintaining their own style and voice. Customisable options also make it possible for users to adjust fonts based on their individual needs while using templates that present information in a more structured fashion than what would typically be seen in traditional presentations. Additionally, many smart interactive board manufacturers include special programs that break down complex tasks into smaller chunks so they can be completed one step at a time without feeling overwhelmed or confused by too much information all at once.

Finally, some interactive boards come preloaded with games specifically designed for people living with dyslexia;  fun but also educational, as they help build important skills such as memory retention through repetition and practice. By playing these games regularly, players get familiar not only with the content, but also its structure so they can remember it better when faced with similar topics or questions during meetings or training sessions.

Overall, these valuable tools benefit not only individuals living with dyslexia, but also employers looking to create an inclusive environment where everyone – learning difficulties or not – has equal access to the resources needed to succeed professionally.