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