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From time to time, Dyslexia Scotland receives requests for research participants. Details of all research requests will be posted here with a synopsis of the research findings, where possible. Unless indicated, please note that Dyslexia Scotland is not associated in any way to the research requests on this page. If you are interested in taking part in any of the research listed, please use the contact details provided. For any other information, please email:[email protected]

Testers of a new text-to-speech tool for video games needed

Over last autumn, Lowtek Games have been developing a new text-to-speech tool for dyslexic players with InGAME. Now, we’d like to test the tool with game players to see how easily and successfully players use the TTS (text-to-speech) plugin in a selected game and we are looking for game testers. The testing lasts about 30 minutes and will be conducted via Zoom at the end of January 2021. To participate, you should have a Windows computer. You don’t have to have any previous experience with game testing or playing games to participate.  

We will supply the game to you with the plug in running prior to the test. All testers will get a small gift voucher from us as a thank you for their participation.

What: Testing TTS tool in a short video game

When: End of January 2021

How: Via Zoom (link sent prior to the test)

Interested? Please send an email to [email protected] 

Are people with dyslexia supported in the theatre industry?

My name is Eleanor and I am a third-year student at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, studying Stage Management and Technical Theatre. I am currently in the process of writing my dissertation, my question is, are people with dyslexia supported in the theatre industry? Being dyslexic myself this is a question that I am very eager to find the answer to as I prepare to embark on a career in theatre.

If you have dyslexia and work in the theatre industry in any capacity whether you are a director, an actor, a set designer, a stage manager, a sound designer or any other role I would be most interested in talking to you. I wish to gain a greater understanding of the general perception of dyslexia in theatre and whether more awareness and support for people with dyslexia in this industry is needed. Any help that you can offer to help me reach a conclusion would be much appreciated. If you are happy to talk to me about my dissertation question, please contact me via my email: [email protected]

Would you be willing to share your experience of your child’s journey to being identified as dyslexic?

Rhona Macdonald has written a manuscript about her own journey in the 80s and 90s and would like to add some more recent journeys. Rhona has a publisher on board and aims to raise awareness of what it is like for a child to be misunderstood and mislabelled. This will provide parents and teachers an insight as to what a child lives through and therefore empower them to make a change to that child’s life. The book will be published online. Please contact Rhona on [email protected] if you and/or your child are interested in participating.

Autonomy, Rights and Children with Additional Support Needs

The aim of this research is to examine how children’s rights are being promoted in the area of special and additional support needs. The research is being conducted by two teams, one based at the University of Edinburgh and one at the University of Manchester. Parents and carers of children and young people with additional support needs have for some time had a right to have a say in their child’s education.

There has been an increasing emphasis on ensuring that the views of children and young people with special and additional support needs are reflected in important decisions relating to their education. This research aims to explore the extent to which children and young people are being given opportunities to participate in everyday decisions about their education and also in disagreement resolution processes. The research will provide information on: The strategies used by schools and local authorities to engage children and young people in educational decision-making; Children’s and young people’s views on their involvement in decision-making relating to their education; Parents/carers’ views on the extent to which their children are active participants in the decision-making process; Factors which promote or inhibit the ability of children’s and young people’s views to be heard and taken into account. For further information about the project contact: Professor Sheila Riddell, e-mail: [email protected]; phone: 0131 651 6597 To see the questionnaire, click here.

Study into the use of social media amongst parents of children with hidden disabilities

Participants needed to help look at the use of social media as a coping strategy. Click here to take part.

Dyslexia tutors and assessors required to trial new software that builds confidence and productivity for dyslexic writers

SprintPlus is a relatively new piece of software that students and adults use to proof their written work either at school, university or work. We would like to invite dyslexia assessors or tutors from all areas to trial SprintPlus.

In return for your feedback we will give you a free license. We believe that SprintPlus builds the confidence and productivity of dyslexic writers but we want your thoughts and comments. For more information, please take a look at our demo video and if you would like to take part simply indicate your interest by email to John Hicks at [email protected].