With drones now carrying blood samples from hospital to hospital, technology has an evermore vital role to play in the health industry.
During Dyslexia Awareness Week, an event run by the British Dyslexia Association, we look at how tech can help people with the learning condition.
What is dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a common learning difficulty that that can cause problems with reading, writing and spelling, as defined by NHS Choices. Signs usually become apparent when someone is at school and his or her learning is affected.
How many people in the UK are dyslexic?
It is estimated by the British Dyslexia Association that 10% of the population have the condition, with 4% being severely affected.
Dyslexia is a condition that can be managed: famous names who have had dyslexia include Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, John F Kennedy, Muhammad Ali and Agatha Christie.
What technology can help dyslexics?
In July this year, two Irish students and inventors were awarded the BT Young Pioneer award for inventing Dyslexic Aid.
Dyslexic Aid allows users to see, hear, write and say letters to aid learning. The prototype was built using a Raspberry Pi Computer and a Sense Hat add-on following engagement with the University of Ulster and the British Dyslexia Association.
A font has been created called OpenDyslexic, a free open-source font designed to be easy to read for those with the learning difficulty. Its letters have heavily weighted bottoms to help prevent them from flipping and swapping in the readers’ minds.
You can download it as a browser extension, which means that all your web pages will use the font, regardless of the site's own design preferences.
Apps to help dyslexia
Ghotit Real Writer, available for iPad, helps children and adults with dyslexia and dysgraphia to write, read and correct texts. It’s pricey at £99.99, but it pays for itself by detecting and suggesting the most appropriate corrections for spelling, grammar and punctuation mistakes in a piece of text.
Operating system: iOS
The vBookz PDF Voice Reader is an app that reads your PDF files aloud, and is especially helpful for students or workers who have to download and read large swathes of text. It has an interactive cursor that allows users to follow along, pause reading or even repeat lines.
Tablet and smartphone settings to help
While such features are not specifically aimed at helping those with dyslexia, there are various ways in which you can alter your devices to make text easier to read, such as by increasing the text size or having the text read aloud.
To find out how to get your iPad to read words aloud, turn on VoiceOver assistance - find more about this and other accessibility features at Apple support.
To find out how to get your Android device to use voice commands, magnify the text, turn on captions and more ways to help with accessibility, visit Android Accessibility Help.
If you want to change the font size and display size, you can open your device’s Setting app, click Accessibility, then click Font Size. You can use the scroller to choose your font size. For display size, you do the same but click Display Size, rather than Font Size.