Reading software now available to every pupil with dyslexia
Flanders’ education minister has announced an increased budget of €900,000 to give all schools access to a reading program that was previously only available to a quarter of pupils
Improved reading and writing
Seven percent of Flemish pupils – 60,000 children – suffer from severe reading or writing problems, but only one in four currently has access to the software via their school. These children will all now benefit from the software to help them process reading material.
The software is necessary for children with dyslexia to process reading material. It reads books and online texts aloud, and reads out texts written by the pupils themselves as they type, helping them make fewer mistakes when reading and writing.
Parents can also buy the software for themselves, but it costs €400. The Flemish government has invested in new software packages each year, but the annual budget has only been sufficient to buy 350 packages.
Education minister Hilde Crevits has now agreed to raise the budget to almost €900,000 and will invest the money in a web licence rather than individual packages for small groups of pupils, meaning every child in every school will now be able to use the software.
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