Category Archives: Technology Issues and Ideas

Articles on various aspects of technology and how using it affects people with learning disabiliies plus relevant links external to this site.

Ghotit Releases the First Android Writing & Reading Solution for People with Dyslexia.

Ghotit, a software company that makes an integrated spell-checking program with an imbedded dictionary and word prediction capability, was founded by people with dyslexia and made for people with dyslexia or related print struggles. They’ve now made their programs avaiable … Continue reading

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Do Small Screens Help People with Dyslexia Read More Easily?

Using Mobile Screens To Make Reading Easier For Dyslexics This is a fascinating article on a few different levels. The fact that the the astrophysicist, Martin Schneps, who directs a laboratory at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, is also dyslexic … Continue reading

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Personalizing Synthetic Voices

New Voices For The Voiceless: Synthetic Speech Gets An Upgrade Great possibilities. Rupal Patel, a speech scientist at Northeastern University has been taking utterances from kids with speech disorders, and creating a synthetic voice that captures melodic elements of the … Continue reading

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Ghotit Spell Checker and Word Prediction

Ghotit is a company founded by people with dyslexia and they have improved upon their spell checker and word prediction product for both Mac OS and Windows. By having an expanded set of rules that includes a wider range of … Continue reading

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iPhone: The Best Thing for the Blind Since Braille?

How the iPhone has counter-intuitively been a blessing for people with vision impairments. iPhone Revolutionizes Access for Blind [via Kottke.org] .

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No More “Assistive Tech” for Students with LD

As this article reminds us, the more kids have access to cool tools like iPads, Kindles and the like, and the more they can use embedded features that help them past momentary decoding hurdles, the more level the playing field. … Continue reading

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Technology for Students with Dyslexia Seminar

DECATUR, Ga. — Sign-up for the International Dyslexia Association’s annual seminar on Technology for Adults and Older Teens with Dyslexia at the Decatur Library.

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Apple’s Entrance into Digital Textbooks: revolutionary?

Apple’s Entrance into Digital Textbooks: revolutionary? Apple announced its entrance into digital textbooks, now selling through its iTunes and iBooks online. Though this has been somewhat expected, it’s exciting news. Believe me, this is not even the tip of the … Continue reading

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The End of $200 Textbooks?

wohnai/flickr From Good.is The average community college student in Washington spends about $1,200 per year on textbooks. I know that as a society we’re probably in the infancy of this movement to digitize textbooks and in a variety of ways, … Continue reading

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Does New “Dyslexic Font” Make a Difference?

Image: Courtesy of Christian Boer I’ve heard of this before and can’t quite make up my mind about it. This article in Scientific American describes a typographic font created by a graphic designer from the Netherlands, that supposedly makes reading … Continue reading

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Using FaceTime to Communicate and Teach

I’ve recently begun working with a 10 year old boy who has dyslexia. That’s not unusual for me. It’s an important part of what I do in my educational consulting practice, and I’ve been doing it for years. What’s new … Continue reading

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Steve Jobs’ Legacy

There’s plenty of posts and testimonials about Steve Jobs, as there should be. I wanted to say here how much he truly did for the worldwide community of people with various disabilities and learning differences. Apple’s ease of use and … Continue reading

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