We have an extensive range of assistive learning technology, each packed with features catering to specific literary and educational needs.
Neurodiversity in Prisons
Prison education and support services are in a state of change with reading differences, such as dyslexia, starting to be identified. As a result, the number of inmates with special educational needs is becoming clearer. Ongoing research indicates that 60% of inmates have weak literacy skills, 20% potentially being functionally illiterate.
Time in prison is about improvement and rehabilitation. However, for those with literary differences enjoying a library book, access educational materials, or read letters is harder. This increases a risk of reoffence on release.
Here at Scanning Pens, we have found the potential of our reading aids in supporting independence and ensuring equality in the access to education, therefore aiding rehabilitation.Academic research Case Studies
Introducing ReaderPen Secure™ to Prisoners
The ReaderPen Secure is the world’s first assistive reading aid that supports data compliance. Featuring no storage or memory functions, the pen is designed with security in mind. Users can have multiple lines of text read aloud thanks to text to speech technology, allowing them to read or study independently and confidently.
Features of the ReaderPen Secure:
Supports Data Compliance – No Storage Features
Scan to Hear
Words Spoken Aloud
Portable & Lightweight for Use on the Go
More About Readerpen Secure Download User Guide
Multiple Lines of Text
Supports English, French and Spanish Languages
No Internet Connection
Headphones Included for Discretion
We have helped change so many lives with our reading pens. Our goal is to continue promoting independent learning for people from all walks of life, so why not give it a try. We offer pilot opportunities, where you get the chance to try out the ReaderPen Secure to see if it is the right fit for you.
Ensuring Safety and Security
It was important to provide the relevant evidence that our pens are safe to use within the prison environment. Standard fire risk assessments were carried out by the CQC in the UK, along with necessary security measures to ensure compliance. As a result, a fire health & safety document was created, which outlines everything in more detail.
Fire Health Safety Document
- The ReaderPen Secure cannot back charge mobile phones
- The ReaderPen Secure does not have removable batteries
- The ReaderPen Secure does not use Wi-Fi
- The ReaderPen Secure does not have built-in memory or storage
The journey does not stop after you have purchased our pen. We have a wide range of helpful literature and other resources to help guide the implementation of our pens. There is also a range of tips and videos to ensure users are getting the most out of the pen. Additional Resources
Foreign National Learner, Ali, shows how he uses one of our pens to support his studies. Turkish is his first language and he describes it as his “Magic Pen” as it enables him to read and decode the words he is learning.