Accessible Materials Project
Funded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), the Dolphin Inclusive Consortium ran the Accessible Resources Pilot Project throughout the 2009/2010 school year to test a model for the provision of textbooks and other curriculum materials in electronic files for pupils who struggle to read books in their standard format due to problems with sight or reading, for example dyslexia.
Forty pupils aged 11 to 14 across 9 schools were given laptops and a range of software, including Dolphin EasyConverter, EasyReader, EasyTutor, and SuperNova, for translating and accessing the electronic files.
One hundred and thirty-two text books were converted to structured electronic files covering Design and Technology, English Fiction, English (Non-fiction), French, Geography, German, History, Maths, Religious Studies and Science.
The results were outstanding:
56% of pupils improved their reading
70% of pupils improved their writing
71% of pupils improved their level of achievement 68% of pupils improved their confidence 5% of pupils improved their attendance 45% of pupils improved their homework completion
For full details of the project, the final report can be downloaded here.