Microsoft has announced that they have joined the Made by Dyslexia pledge, thus committing to give the hundreds of millions of dyslexic students all over the world access to tools to make it easier for them to effectively read and write. The company’s Learning Tools already helps people, including those with dyslexia, learn to do this without costing them anything.
Speech dictation is coming to the Word and OneNote web clients allowing the dyslexic to add written words to documents using their voices, which Microsoft says will be supported on all web browsers over the coming weeks. Speech dictation is already part of the company’s Office 365 desktop applications.
Immersive Reader is coming to Flipgrid, the company’s recently-acquired video-based learning platform. The new tool will make it easier for those struggling to read to do so with a lot more ease. Text can be spaced out, broken into syllables, and color-coded to indicate nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs. Immersive Reader is already a feature of Word and OneNote on Windows 10 devices.
In addition to making reading easier, Immersive reader will also add support for math problems though the use of speech-to-text as well as highlighting a single line of text at a time to boost focus. This is not only useful for those with dyslexia, but those with dyscalculia and others who are differently-abled.