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September 2015
AT for Reading and Writing

Resource for Dyslexia 

 

Dyslexia the Gift 


 

   

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Davis Dyslexia Association International

AT for Writing and Reading

  

 

 

 

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Reading and Writing

 

Paper books have been used for over 4,000 years! However, there are many people with disabilities who can benefit from        e-books and audiobooks. 

 

While the first handwritten message is over 5,000 years old, not everyone benefits from pencil and paper. Voice recording and typing can greatly improve communication skills. 

 

There are programs for both writing and reading that simply change fonts or words to ease the strain associated with certain disabilities.  

 

So have no fear of reading and writing! Assistive technology is here to help!

 

Computers: Typing, Speaking, Reading, & More 
 
Computers have many accessible features that go unnoticed by most. 

Both Macs and PCs have dictation that allows a user to write and even edit documents using only their voice. Siri and Cortana (the virtual personal assistants you find on mobile devices and computers) can also help you open files and search the web with your voice  

Dsylexie is a FREE font developed for dyslexia that makes it a bit easier to distinguish between similar letters. You can use it on both Macs and PCs. 

Grammarly is a FREE program that checks your spelling and grammar and works for both Macs and PCs. The app will stay on your browser (Google Chrome, Firefox, etc.) and checks all the words you type on the internet (i.e Facebook and Google searches). In addition to checking your grammar on the web, you can also edit your documents typed on Microsoft Word by copying and pasting your document into the "new document" feature.

Don Johnston has two amazing programs for Google Chrome: Snap&Read and Co: Writer. Both of these products benefits students by altering the writing or reading virtual environment to best fit each student's needs all in one program. These programs are a wonderful universal design tool for all students.

Chegg.com also was a wonderful selection of audio textbooks for those who prefer audio books. 

Many big textbook publishers offer their books in electronic form as well. Benefits of electronic books include portability, search features, notes and highlighting without damage to the book, and in some cases read aloud. 

Everyday Low Tech 

It is very easy to make writing and reading accessible. Sometimes a colored screen overlay for books, or a few bolts and foam on a pencil can make a huge difference. 

There are also different types of paper with outlines and borders already printed so it would help students space out their math  or writing

If you have a student who is having difficulty concentrating on one sentence, there is a Reading Focus Card to help them zone in on one line at a time. 
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