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Confusing conclusions in literacy support article

Thanks again for another excellent edition of Ability (Spring 2011, issue 81). I was particularly interested in the Spreading the Word article but was slightly confused with some of the results that were published under the UK’s leading packages.  

For example, is it really the case that WordQ/SpeakQ and Wynn Wizard are leading programs compared to well-established and recognised programs such as Penfriend which also offers multiple features to support literacy, in addition to those in WordQ?   

I can understand that Wynn Wizard is more established in the US but it is something of a rarity in the UK, particularly in schools, colleges and universities.  

It would be useful to see evidence such as case studies where pupils and students are successfully using WordQ/SpeakQ and Wynn Wizard in the UK to successfully overcome difficulties with literacy etc.  

I was also disappointed to note that the authors failed to mention open source software in their review.  

As you know there is a range of quality open source and free software ‘multiple feature’ applications which play a major part in supporting a huge number of people with literacy difficulties in the UK, but this was somehow overlooked.  

Craig Mill
e-Inclusion Advisor
JISC Regional Support Centre Scotland N&E


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