RADA Recommendations for Classrooms

The dyslexic child ought to be exempt from:

  • reading out loud in class,
  • writing from dictation and copying from the board,
  • speed writing from dictation,
  • writing notes during lessons,
  • taking notes in italics or small capitals,
  • writing on the board,
  • reading and writing of Roman numerals,
  • using a dictionary,
  • mnemonic studying of times tables,
  • verb forms,
  • grammar rules, formulas, poems, definitions etc.

In extreme cases the pupil is also exempt from:

  • studying the written form of a foreign language,
  • copying from rough copy to fair copy,
  • make a fair copy of texts, maths expressions or homework, and
  • translations.

Compensatory tools that can enhance the dyslexic child’s performance and achievement in class:

  • specific software for reading, writing or studying,
  • verb conjugation sheets,
  • syntactic structure and grammar reference at the computer,
  • calculator,
  • T-square, lettering stencil, axonometric grids,
  • graphics tablet, font chart, months chart, lexical chart,
  • measure tables and geometric formulas,
  • MCM/MCD calculation tables,
  • alphabet chart,
  • multiplication table,
  • structured musical tables,
  • glossary of technical words,
  • recording device,
  • multimedia dictionaries for foreign languages,
  • digital translators,
  • audio books, digital school books,
  • concise study layouts,
  • abridged or illustrated dictionaries,
  • software for the development of maps, time lines, geographic and historical maps,
  • list of points to talk about (for oral testing),
  • a number line,
  • a diary,
  • conceptual maps,
  • CD or MP3 players with earphones,
  • multimedia encyclopaedias, school books including CD ROMs,
  • books in PDF format, and OCR scanners.