Assistive technology you can access from your computer

Assistive technology you can access from your computer

Today we’ll be talking about assistive technology that you can use on your computer or access from your computer. There are online games designed for students with dyslexia, several text-to-speech programs from which to choose, and more. Do you have a favorite? Mention it in the comments below.

Ghotit Real Writer & Reader software is a writing and reading assistant designed for people with dyslexia. It contains a phonetic and context spell checker, grammar checker, punctuation checker and text-to-speech. http://www.ghotit.com/

Read&Write Gold helps students with dyslexia read and write with a powerful grammar and spell checker and screenshot reader, and it has a speak-while-typing feature. http://www.texthelp.com/UK

Dragon speech recognition software is very popular, but some complain about the computer software’s learning curve. The app, on the other hand, is very fast and easy to use. http://www.nuance.com/dragon/accessibility/dragon-dyslexia-learning-challenges/index.htm

Claro text-to-speech programs include screen rulers, magnifiers and color overlays, and can be carried on a USB for portability. http://www.clarosoftware.com/latest_news.php?id=29

Wynn scanning and reading software uses optical character recognition to read scanned documents, websites, and .pdf files to you while highlighting the words. http://www.freedomscientific.com/lsg/products/wynn.asp

Additional links:

Links to free software: http://www.dyslexia.com/helpread.htm

Games that help teach students with dyslexia: http://www.dyslexiclikeme.org/products/%E2%80%A2-software/

More games for students with dyslexia: http://dyslexiahelp.umich.edu/tools/fun-games-for-dyslexics

Resources to support dyslexic pupils: http://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/about-dyslexia/schools-colleges-and-universities/resources-to-support-dyslexic-pupils.html

British Dyslexia Association Technologies (links on right side of page): http://bdatech.org/

Language Tune-Up Kit uses a prerecorded human
voice to develop reading skills using Orton-Gillingham’s phonics method. http://www.jwor.com/

ReadOn text-to-speech software: http://www.readonsoftware.com/

TextAloud 3 text-to-speech software that converts your text from Word Documents, emails, web pages and .pdf files into natural-sounding speech: http://nextup.com/

Crick reading and writing software for young learners with dyslexia: http://www.cricksoft.com/us/special-needs/Dyslexia.aspx

Lexia Reading Core 5: http://www.lexialearning.com/product/core5

BeeLine Reader – uses a color gradient that is intended to help guide your eyes from the end of one line to the beginning of the next: http://www.beelinereader.com/

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