Breaking down exam accommodation barriers at this year’s Annual IDA Conference

Breaking down barriers in exams is priority and a core message shared by Scanning Pens CEO Mr Jack Churchill at the opening general session kicking off this year’s Annual IDA Conference which Scanning Pens is delighted to support and sponsor for the second year running.


This year’s opening session begins with a timely and relevant question: We know what we know, so what do we do now? Implementing best practices in all schools.


To support this relevant question Jack highlighted the importance of dyslexia assessments and exam accommodations during his opening speech.


Jack said “My Great Grandfather Sir Winston Churchill famously struggled in school. Accommodations have improved for today’s students but in my mind, it’s not gone far enough. The point of exams is to ensure students are tested on their knowledge of a given subject, not their ability to read and assistive technology like the ReaderPen and ExamReader can enable students to read exam questions themselves which develops independent and confident people fit for work.” 

During the 4-day conference, held at Foxwoods Resort, Connecticut, the conference attracts thousands of researchers, clinicians, parents, teachers, psychologists, educational therapists, and people with dyslexia who will share their perspectives and ideas on key dyslexic topics including the support of assistive technology.

New this year at the conference is a deeper dive into current dyslexia research where Scanning Pens will share their latest research study on the use and impact of Scanning Pens by students independently carried out by Bath Spa University which showed significant increase in learners understanding when tested on their reading comprehension when using the ReaderPen. 


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During the conference Scanning Pens will be offering free 30-day trials to all educational providers as well as many competition prizes including free pen giveaways, for more information please visit booth #511 or



MP Lucy Allan Visits Scanning Pens Office

MP Lucy Allan is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Telford today paid a visit to local business Scanning Pens Ltd to meet staff and discover more about their range of assistive technology devices.

Scanning Pens Ltd is the global distributor for the C-Pen.  The C-Pen ReaderPen, ExamReader and DictionaryPen’s are pocket-sized devices that reads text out loud aiming to promote independent reading and learning.

As a leading Assistive Technology supplier, they combine their expert knowledge with years of experience in the dyslexia field to develop solutions for many educational institutions helping students with reading difficulties such as dyslexia, visual impairment, physical disabilities and much more.

Lucy Allan a member of the Education Select Committee said “I was so pleased to visit Scanning Pens and listen to how the pens have supported and transformed many young people who face daily reading challenges, too many people struggle with literacy problems throughout their lives and this is a fantastic tool to enable them to overcome these difficulties.”

CEO and Co-Founder of Scanning Pens Mr Jack Churchil comments: “We were thrilled to welcome Lucy to Scanning Pens. Since we opened our Telford office nearly two years ago, we have recruited many local people and provided educational support to hundreds of reluctant readers, some with complex learning needs, many of whom live in Telford and surrounding areas. Scanning Pens have always been committed to being an active part of the local community so welcoming Lucy as the local MP was a great honour for us”.


About Scanning Pens

Founded in 2003 Scanning Pens is a dedicated supplier of assistive technologies including mobile scanners and reading aids to support people with a diverse range of disabilities. Scanning Pens have recently been announced as finalist for the 2018 Dyslexia Information Day Award and the Supportive Employer Award. This marks a number of prestigious awards gained by Scanning Pens Ltd over recent years

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