Useful links

There are lots of resources and organisations dedicated to dyslexia and other learning differences. Explore the links below to find out more. Contact our Helpline on 0344 800 8484 or [email protected] for advice if needed.

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Useful links during Coronavirus

The links below were compiled at the start of lockdown in March 2020 to assist with home learning.  

Please note that Dyslexia Scotland does not endorse any particular product and we cannot be responsible for the content of any of the links. See also all the resources on Dyslexia Scotland’s website and Dyslexia Unwrapped. Our ‘Top Ten Resources for Parents’ is available on request by emailing [email protected]

Some of the links will be applicable to more than one group. 


Arts Award (a nationally recognised certificate for taking part in creative arts activities.)

Audible is offering free streams of stories for children for use on desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.

BBC ‘How to keep your kids learning at home’

BBC Bitesize

Books for Topics has a range of books being read aloud by their authors for 3 - 11 year olds

Parent Club Scotland Coronavirus Hub has a range of useful information and resources

Scotland Learns contains health and wellbeing activities from Education Scotland

Scottish Book Trust Authors Live on demand

Virgin Media educational programmes for young people


Home learning

Addressing Dyslexia Toolkit Covid 19 links

‘Amazing Educational Resources’ (includes some free subscriptions from education companies)

Arts Award (a nationally recognised certificate for taking part in creative arts activities.)

'At home with Dyslexia Scotland' (useful films on Dyslexia Scotland's YouTube page including recorded Parent Masterclasses)

'Back to School Toolkit' from Salvesen Mindroom Centre

BBC Scotland Lockdown Learning (resources to support learners, teachers and parents)

Free resources from Barrington Stoke including a free Homelearning pack to help children with dyslexia 

Gaelic resources and links

'Lockdown Learning' (a guide for parents and carers by Charmaine McKissock)

‘Maths on toast’ learning activities

National Numeracy free family maths activities

OpenLearn Family Friendly Hub

‘Reach’ advice for learning at home

STEAM home learning activity pack (young people take part in fun science, technology, engineering, art and maths activities for certificates)

Twinkl Curriculum for Excellence resources 



CALL Scotland offers advice on a range of free and low cost assistive technology that can help young people with dyslexia.  See their Wheels of Apps here.

CALL Scotland recorded workshops from an online event in June 2020

CALL Scotland/Angus Council videos on the free built-in accessibility tools on iPads, Chromebooks and in GLOW to support learning. Videos for learners, parents and staff.

CALL Scotland videos explaining how to use the iPad's built-in tools to support reading and writing

Free Claro software

Free Dekko reader app for ipads and iphones

Free Dekko comics to read online

Nessy free trial


Support for teachers 

Addressing Dyslexia Toolkit modules for teachers

CPD during lockdown - links from Glasgow Dyslexia Support Services

Dyslexia: Make a Difference is a series of films from BBC Teach with advice for teachers supporting dyslexic pupils.

Education Scotland online learning resources for practitioners

Education Scotland national e-Learning Offer (support for practitioners to improve online remote learning of children and young people)

Glasgow Dyslexia Support Service

OpenLearn Taking Your Teaching Online

Support for continuity in learning (advice for teachers from the Scottish Government)

Top Ten Resources for teachers (a range of free resources from Dyslexia Scotland)


Support for other professionals 

Dyslexia and inclusive practice module for CLD practitioners

Dyslexia Scotland online training

Covid - 19: Helping Young People Manage Low Mood and Depression

Scottish Churches Disability Group Toolkit for Churches for Dyslexia Awareness Week and prayer guide

Dyslexia organisations and websites 

British Dyslexia Association (BDA)

The Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity 

Dyslexia Adult Network

Dyslexia Unwrapped (our website for 8 - 18s)

Made By Dyslexia

Dyslexia Action

The Dyslexia Research Trust  


Dyslexia shops

SEN Marketing 

Crossbow Education Ltd 

The Dyslexia Shop 

Barrington Stoke (dyslexia friendly books for 'reluctant readers')

Dekko Comics (educational comics)


Other useful websites and guides

The Dyscalculia Information Centre

List of dyscalculia organisations

ENQUIRE (the Scottish advice service for additional support for learning)

Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)

CALL Scotland (assistive technology for people with disabilities)

AbilityNet Scotland 

Eduapps (includes free toolbar, MyStudyBar)

Pupil Inclusion Network Scotland (PINS) (network on educational inclusion, equalities, attainment, health and wellbeing)

Young Minds (emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people)

Young Scot (for young people aged 11 - 26. Young Scot cardholders can get a yearly subscription for the Dyslexia Voice magazine for £10. For more details, click here.)

Scottish Union Learning Guide for Union Learning Reps

Neurodiversity and Employment 

Dyslexia Friendly Church Guide and 'Thinking differently about God’ recommended reading list


Audio Books

Books for All 


Listening Books 


RNIB electronic audiobooks to borrow


Other learning difficulties

Dyscalculia Information Centre

Dyscalculia & Babakus

Dyscalculia organisations

Maths Explained

Steve Chinn

The Dyspraxia Foundation 

The National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service (ADDISS) 

The Scottish Society for Autism  

Association For All Speech Impaired Children

The Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Practice (ASLTIP) 


Home Schooling                                        



Professional bodies

British Psychological Society   

Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties (PATOSS)

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)  

Scottish Council of Independent Schools Scotland (SCIS) 

The Council for the Registration of Schools Teaching Dyslexic Pupils (CReSTeD)

Association of Dyslexia Specialists in Higher Education (ADSHE)

Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland (COSCA)


Dyslexia Scotland’s leaflets on a range of topics also have some recommended books for further reading.

If you would like some advice, contact Dyslexia Scotland’s Helpline.