Press Release

March 26 2008

British Dyslexia Association teams up with Claro Software to launch affordable software

The British Dyslexia Association (BDA) is launching a text to speech program in association with Claro Software which will change the lives of children who cannot read.

ClaroRead SE (Special Edition) provides text to speech support tools that allow computer users to read and write independently and will be available at a third of the price of similar learning aids, making such important technology more affordable to those who need it. BDA chief executive

Judi Stewart said:

“We are delighted to be able to offer ClaroRead SE at such a fantastic price. Assistive technology can revolutionise a child with dyslexia’s life. It reduces the child’s reliance on teachers and parents by giving the child the opportunity to achieve the same standards as everyone else.” ClaroRead SE speaks back text as it is typed allowing users to check work quickly and easily. Text can be spoken at any point by highlighting individual sections of text and pressing play. The software reads out text from a computer, whether that is Word documents, scanned text, web pages, emails or any other text.

Judi Stewart continued: “There are many learning aids in the market but they are all generally more expensive than ClaroRead SE. Assistive technology is crucial to the education of a person with dyslexia and we have created this affordable special edition for this very reason; it is too important for so many children to be without it. “In the current curriculum seven year old children are required to read as part of their learning, therefore if a child cannot read, they cannot learn and are excluded from learning. ClaroRead SE bridges the gap for these children by providing them with the technology to help them continue with their studies and reach their full potential whilst learning to read.”

ClaroRead SE will also include a BDA Workbook, which provides information on dyslexia and tips to help children develop to their full potential. Dave Stevens, director of Claro Software commented: “The British Dyslexia Association does great work reaching out to support parents, teachers and professionals across the UK. Claro Software is delighted to be able to offer a lower priced variant of ClaroRead combined with the valuable BDA Workbooks, as it allows more users to benefit from the software during their studies or in the workplace.”

ClaroRead SE will cost just £49 for the CD Rom and £59 for the portable USB stick version.School licenses are also available for ClaroRead starting at £795.

For more information contact:

Laura McLaren or Michael Gregory at Freshfield PR: 01772 888400 or email (firstname)@freshfield.com

Notes to Editors

  1. The British Dyslexia Association (BDA) is the voice of dyslexic people. Our vision is that of a dyslexia friendly society that enables dyslexic people to reach their potential. We offer advice, information and help to dyslexic people, their families and the professionals who support them.
  2. ClaroRead SE will be sold through the BDA shop, at www.bdadyslexia.org.uk.
  3. For more information on dyslexia please go to www.bdadyslexia.org.uk or call the helpline on 0118 966 8271.
  4. ClaroRead SE also includes Colour Explorer, the colour changing utility courtesy of Microlink PC
  5. For more information on ClaroRead SE visit www.clarosoftware.com/claroread/claroread-se and for Claro Software’s range of text to speech software and its other assistive products, visit www.clarosoftware.com
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