Diverse Learners uses Skype to help students with disabilities

For students with learning disabilities, Skype has become vital for help with studying, time management, personal development and software training.

As Skype’s Workspace Blog reports, Diverse Learners — a United Kingdom-based organization that provides support services to university students with dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADD/ADHD, mental health issues or other chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia — connects with their clients entirely through Skype.

Founder and specialist teacher Kerry Pace said the benefits of remote support include convenience as well as time and cost savings.

“Students oftentimes can’t access support services at their universities because they’re also working full time,” she says. “With text or email, there’s a high chance of misunderstanding the message or someone misconstruing what you’re trying to convey. And an email that may take 10 minutes to write becomes a video message that takes 20 seconds.”

Pace added that two of the fan favorites at Diverse Learners are the screen sharing option and video messaging.

“We teach software, including mind mapping, text-to-speech and speech recognition, so we can demonstrate the software and direct the lessons in real time with screen sharing,” she says.

Check out the video above for some testimonials from Diverse Learners’ students on using Skype and go to Skype’s Workspace Blog to read the rest of the Diverse Learners story.

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Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff