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About Scanning Pens

Welcome to Scanning Pens, official home of the UK’s best assistive reading tech

We are at the heart of the Empowering Tech Group, a community of passionate education and technology experts who all share the same goal – support the neurodivergent community.

Join us on a journey back to our beginings...

Our Vision

Create a world where people with reading differences are empowered to succeed.

Our Mission

To embed a life-long love of reading with the power of reading tools.

The Scanning Pens story

The story of Scanning Pens started with a friendship between Toby Sutton OBE and Jack Churchill OBE. They both shared a passion for technology that forged the foundation of Scanning Pens in 2003.

One piece of tech caught their eye early on, something close to their heart – assistive tech for reading aid. Jack is open about his dyslexia journey and understands the challenges and needs of the neurodivergent community. It was clear that giving people access to life-changing reading support was their future.

The addition of the award-winning C-Pen series has taken both Scanning Pens and dyslexia reading aids to the next level. Scanning Pens continues to help change the lives of people around the world with technology and a whole host of resources.

Award-winning reading support

Time to hit the red carpet, it’s awards season! We are proud to be home to award-winning assistive technology, with recognition from global leaders in technology, education, and business.

Meet Toby and Jack

Meet the friends who founded Scanning Pens. With a partnership of over 20 years, Toby and Jack have helped neurodivergent people of all ages discover their reading confidence. Both have received OBEs for their ‘services to international trade, and to the dyslexia, and special educational needs and disabilities community.’ Find out more about the dynamic duo below.

Toby Sutton OBE

Co-Founder & CSO of Empowering Tech

Jack Churchill OBE

Co-Founder & CEO of Empowering Tech

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