Business Disability Forum (BDF) member and provider of professional mind mapping software solutions, MatchWare is a company determined to help employees reach their full potential in the workplace. The organisation’s award winning MindView programme is a powerful mind mapping tool used widely at home and in the global workplace. Offering advanced organisation management and collaborative features, the assistive technology solution also provides a unique range of tools specifically developed to support employees with dyslexia.
Staff members at BDF were pleased to meet with MatchWare earlier in May to see first-hand the capabilities and benefits of the MindView programme and the ways in which it can assist employees with dyslexia.
As estimated by the British Dyslexia Association, 10-15% of the UK population experience some difficulties due to dyslexia and associated specific learning difficulties – with 4% severely affected. For employees in the workplace, this can cause several difficulties, particularly in regards to reading, writing, organising workload and structuring ideas.
Dyslexia affects both working memory and information processing, making memory and information recall difficult. However, people with dyslexia often find that they can take on board and recall information more effectively when it is presented and manipulated in a visual, non-linear, format.
Mind mapping is a tool that can assist people with dyslexia to effectively organise their workload through the use of diagrams and visual representations. MatchWare’s assistive technology software MindView allows users to create digital mind maps quickly and efficiently, helping to generate new ideas and plan projects.
Mind maps have a simple structure that radiates from the centre using lines, symbols, images and colours. They help to turn monotonous lists into visual, memorable and highly organised diagrams. Employees with dyslexia often find that presenting information in this method assists when solving problems and making confident decisions in the workplace.
MindView helps to breakdown complex information into clear, manageable tasks, which, in turn, helps to highlight the most effective way in which tasks can be ordered and approached. For employees with dyslexia, this is particularly beneficial as the disability can cause difficulties in terms of information sequencing.
To suit the individual’s learning styles and requirements, MindView allows the user to create fully customised layouts. This flexibility allows users with a visual impairment to change the boldness and size of the lettering, as well as the colour contrast to heighten visibility. These custom layouts can be saved for future use – saving employees time when beginning new projects.
Speaking about the benefits that MindView offers, Lawrence Keltie, mind map expert at MatchWare says:
“The release of MindView’s Assistive Technology Edition has seen a leap in the standard of mind mapping technology offered to employees with specific learning difficulties. The new simple to use interface and MS Office style layout means the once stressful task of learning a new software has been all but eliminated. The improved integration with Microsoft Office means that outputs, such as presentations and reports, are more professional than ever and enhanced task/time management features means employees feel more confident in managing their time effectively.”
Matchware Ltd will be exhibiting their MindView assistive technology programme at BDF’s upcoming Technology Taskforce Swapshop taking place at Barclays on Friday the 19 of June.
For more information about MatchWare’s MindView software, visit: http://www.matchware.com/download/Why-mind-mapping-is-helpful-for-Dyslexic-learners-EN.pdf
For more information about the Technology Taskforce Swapshop event, visit: http://businessdisabilityforum.org.uk/training-and-events/events/our-latest-events/technical-swapshop-19-june-2015/
For more information about Business Disability Forum, visit: www.businessdisabilityforum.org.uk