Sunday, 31 January 2010

31. Commentary on provision of technology

I co-authored a recent report that (in theory) could contribute towards an agenda which provides appropriate support to dyslexic individuals in Europe. One of the recommendations was that they "should provide free access to all for the main assistive technologies, such as text-to-speech, in all the official languages ....". I have seen a number of analyses that talk about the social impact of failing to support the dyslexic individual, and how there should be more trained teachers. But where is the comparison of how much the government pays out for provision of assistive technology compared to what it would be cost to produce a good open source series of products available for every student? Nor is there an analysis of why this analysis does not happen. Could it be the vested interests of the advisors?

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