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Dyslexia Friendly, User Friendly ICT Conference

This conference is being run by the Adult Dyslexia Organisation (ADO) in conjunction with: the Department for Education and Skills, e-learning Strategy Unit (Cybrarian), and Ufi learndirect.

The Conference aims to illustrate where teaching in a dyslexia friendly, user friendly way will benefit, not only dyslexics, but disaffected learners, people with other disabilities and older learners.

This conference is relevant for anyone working within education or training. The current design of learning materials often prevents participation by people with dyslexia. For example, providing speech input and read back facilities, is far more user friendly for people with dyslexia and other disabilities, and for people with short term memories.

The Conference Programme will include a mixture of keynote speakers, workshops and exhibitions.

Facilitators: Donald Schloss, CEO ADO, and EA Draffan (TechDis).

9.30am Registration/Tea/Coffee
10.00 am Welcome and introduction, Donald Schloss

10.05-10.20am Minister The Keynote speaker will be Secretary of State for Education or a senior representative from the department.
10.20-10.50am DfES and e-learning speaker
10.50-11.05am Tea and Coffee break

11.05-11.35am Ufi learndirect
11.40-12.40pm First workshop session
1. DDA and Accessibility Churchill and Friends Ltd
2. Initial IT assessment criteria - AbilityNet
3. Dyslexia and e-learning - TechDis , E.A. Draffan,
4. Funding Implications - DirectSupport , Jane Berry
5. Dyslexia friendly websites BunnyFoot
12.40-1.40pm Lunch exhibition
learndirect, UK Online, DfES, ADO, TecDis, AbilityNet, Talking books, TextHelp etc.

1.40-2.40pm Overview of Accessibility issues and on-line learning - Alan Clarke, Senior Development Officer, NIACE.
2.45-3.45pm 2nd Workshop
3.45-4.00pm Tea and coffee break

4.00-4.30pm Panel questions
(Panel DfES, learndirect, ADO, TechDis, AbilityNet)
4.30pm End. Venue tba for networking

Cost 50.00 per delegate.

Contact Details: Adult Dyslexia Organisation (ADO), 336 Brixton Road, London, SW9 7AA. 'Phone: 020 7207 3911 or 07974 755163 (mobile).

Date: 15 September, 2003
Venue: Manchester, England
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