Recordings For the Blind and Dyslexic, which has the largest collection of digitized textbooks and literature (64,000 titles) in the world, finally will make that available through iTunes. I, along with many others, have been waiting for this for a while. I hope the app (which is selling for $19.95) will be worth the wait. [...]
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Google scribe Fantastic auto-complete writing support. Useful for all sorts of tasks. It will be interesting to see how well it learns over time. I plan to use it for a while. I wish the autocomplete on iOS worked as well for me. [via David Clark]
iHelp for Autism Though there are other computers designed for children with autism, a growing number of experts say that the iPad is better. It’s cheaper, faster, more versatile, more user-friendly, more portable, more engaging, and infinitely cooler for young people. “I just couldn’t imagine not introducing this to a parent of a child who [...]
Social Networks a Lifeline for the Chronically Ill Alan Brightman who ran the Disabilities Solutions Group at Apple did a lot of work early on in this particular area. Reminds me of the presentation and article David Clark, Monika Koethnig and I did a while ago: Digital Independence which we did long before the current [...]
Pen vs. Keyboard vs. Newton vs. Graffiti vs. Treo vs. iPhone This is a great review. It’s not a scientific test but it explores these different methods of getting text into a device in a way that will help anyone think about the future of text encoding on a variety of devices in a broader [...]
‘Dragon Dictation’ Brings Voice Transcription to the iPhone Not sure how good or bad this is. Sounds great but the reality is in the using.
Another great TED talk: David Merrill: Siftables, the toy blocks that think. The multi-sensor feedback possibilities for kids with language issues is incredible.
How Spellcheckers Wreak Havoc “I apologize for any incontinence” and other examples of the Cupertino effect. For weak spellers and readers, this article underscores the need to proofread.
Find, listen, and discuss free lectures from around the web with Listening to Words. (Source Your Daily Awesome.)
Banks face action over dyslexia “A man with severe dyslexia has launched a legal challenge against two High Street banks about the way they communicate with disabled customers.” This case poses a fascinating question: At what point do those of us with dysexia have to take personal responsibility for our mistakes, whether caused by dysexia [...]
For $150, Third-World Laptop Stirs a Big Debate: “The debate is centered on whether cheap laptops are the best way to improve education in the developing world.” (Source NYT > Business.)
The Handwriting Is on the Wall The computer keyboard helped kill shorthand, and now it’s threatening to finish off longhand. As a person with both dyslexia and dysgraphia, I can’t complain. Handwriting is not one of my strong suits nor has it every allowed me to express the complexity of my thinking. Not that it [...]