ABBYY helps students with learning challenges

Application

The ‘Books for All’ project found that the needs of thousands of pupils in Scotland with sight impairments and those with physical disabilities, learning difficulties, or hearing impairment, were not being sufficiently addressed. These pupils often require digital versions that can be read out by a computer or other multimedia resources and ‘Books for All’ found these to be in short supply.

Key Features

The ‘Books for All’ team chose ABBYY FineReader Professional Edition as a best-fit solution for their document conversion needs. ABBYY FineReader is a leading OCR software for converting scanned documents, PDFs and camera images into searchable and editable formats, including Microsoft® Word and Excel®. Its advanced recognition capabilities provide full access to information locked on paper and images and virtually eliminates time-consuming retyping and reformatting.

Benefits

Students are more confident, independent and motivated when using digital exam papers. The number of employees required to staff an examination and the associated costs have been greatly reduced. The number of pupils now taking advantage of the Digital Exam papers has doubled year on year since they were first introduced, and in 2010 there were 1,962 requests to SQA for digital papers.

We picked ABBYY FineReader for its ability to output in multiple formats and cost effectiveness – both key considerations to making the ‘Books for All’ project a success, helping students with differing disabilities have access to various curriculum material.

Paul NisbetSenior Research FellowCALL Scotland

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