About Us

    A little bit of our background (just in case you were wondering).


    The Backstory

    Units of Sound was first developed for use in the UK in 1972 by an inspirational educator, Walter Bramley.  He worked with army recruits and realized that many of the young soldiers could not read or write very well.  He created this literacy program to teach reading, spelling and writing skills.

    Units of Sound began with cassettes and books, paper and pens.  Over the years, it has developed into a software program, now with universal online access.  The ability to be accessible easily, anywhere and anytime, fulfils Walter Bramley’s vision of literacy for all.

    Dyslexia Action, one of the leading literacy non-profits in the UK, has supported the development of Units of Sound from the beginning, and now brings this fully updated version to the US: real vocabulary, in real contexts, in American spelling and with American cultural references.

    The Units of Sound Team is part of Dyslexia Action and works on developing Units of Sound for the US and Canada. The Team specialists have over forty years of expertise in literacy interventions and software development.

    Dyslexia Action is a non-profit organization in the United Kingdom. It provides services and support to young people and adults with literacy difficulties, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. It supports educators and employers through the provision of resources and training and it undertakes research and campaigning to improve the lives of those affected by dyslexia.

    Dyslexia Action’s chosen partner for North America is Strategic Transitions, Inc. Strategic Transitions Inc. is an international, visual and digital learning specialist company. It provides state-of-the-art software designed to successfully enhance and accelerate learning.


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