What is your opinion of cursive writing - love it or hate it?
Nice list of positive characteristics typically demonstrated by people who have dyslexia.
When you feel dragged down by your struggles, remember your strengths.
Google has launched its Text-to-Speech engine as a free, standalone app on the Google Play Store!
Get it here:
Attention high school seniors with dyslexia! Apply for The Anne Ford & Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship for a chance to win up to $10,000 for college.
Having dyslexia will not limit your career choices. In fact, your dyslexia and its accompanying talents like creativity and big picture thinking could improve upon a stale profession!
IEP, FAPE, IDEA, LRE, IEE and 504. Before stepping into this quagmire of acronyms and laws, check out the following articles:
IEP vs. 504 (click on the link below the chart -http://www.ncld.org/students-disabilities/iep-504-plan - for even more information):http://www.pinterest.com/pin/282389839107305481/
Frequently asked questions: http://www.greatschools.org/special-education/legal-rights/521-special-education-faq.gs?page=all
More frequently asked questions:http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/iep.disputes.popup.htm
I’m thrilled to see Boy Scouts of America participating in dyslexia awareness through their Boys Life Magazine (scroll down to “In the News” section):
There are several teaching methods designed for students with dyslexia. Which one is best for you? Keep in mind that each person is unique; there is no one-size-fits-all teaching method that is effective for every student with dyslexia. Here are a few to consider:
Orton-Gillingham - http://www.jwor.com/orton.htm?gclid=CJD954DyuroCFe1aMgodHXYA8g
Barton - http://www.bartonreading.com/
Wilson - http://www.wilsonlanguage.com/fs_program_wrs.htm
Take Flight - http://www.tsrhc.org/dyslexia-take-flight.htm
DuBard Association - http://www.usm.edu/dubard/what-dubard-association-method
Slingerland - http://www.slingerland.org/
Spalding - http://www.spalding.org/
Project Read - http://www.projectread.com/
Lexia Core5 - http://www.lexialearning.com/product/core5
"If Apple had a 10% failure rate, consumers would be outraged. At least 10% of students have dyslexia and are not receiving an adequate education. We, as consumers, should be holding schools up to at least the same standard as we hold the manufacturer of a gadget. However, even when schools want to change, they cannot make these changes alone. They need your help. What can you do as a consumer?” Read the rest of the Dyslexic Kids blog here:
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.
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
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 pre-recorded 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/
There are so many apps that are useful to students with dyslexia! There are text-to-speech apps like Dragon that will read text to you, in addition to built-in text-to-speech functionality on Windows, Android and Apple devices. Voxdox, for example, will allow you to snap a photo of any document in almost any language, and that document will be read to you.
There are productivity apps like Evernote and Soundnote that help you take notes, especially when connected to your Livescribe pen or iPad. Several apps help you stay organized and on schedule.
There are specially formatted dictionary apps like American Wordspeller, a phonetic dictionary that allows you to type in the word the way it sounds. Type in “fone” and it will pull up the word “phone” for you.
There are study aids like flashcard generators that allow you to created your own flashcards, and there are countless interactive books.
Below are links that discuss the multitude of apps that are helpful to students who have dyslexia. No matter what the need, there’s an app for that!
Apps for Kids with Special Needs and Learning Differences -http://www.commonsensemedia.org/guide/special-needs
Best Dyslexia Apps – Middle School, High School and Beyond -http://www.mariannesunderland.com/2013/01/best-dyslexia-apps-middle-school-high-school-and-beyond/
Back to School: Best Apps for Students -http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2422483,00.asp
The 70 Best Apps For Teachers And Students -http://www.edudemic.com/70-best-apps-teachers-students/
21 best apps for college students -http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2013/08/bet-apps-college-students/index.htm
50 Best iPad Apps for Users with Reading Disabilities -http://www.teleread.com/education/50-best-ipad-apps-for-users-with-reading-disabilities/
40 Amazing iPad Apps for the Learning Disabled -http://disabilitynetwork.org/technology/40-amazing-ipad-apps-for-the-learning-disabled/#.UmerEvlthtA
Apps to Help Students With Dyslexia and Reading Difficulties -http://www.ncld.org/students-disabilities/assistive-technology-education/apps-students-ld-dyslexia-reading-difficulties
Top 200 (Free) in Education for iPad -http://appshopper.com/bestsellers/education/free/?device=ipad
Oyster: Offering Unlimited Books for $9.95 a Month -http://www.wired.com/design/2013/09/is-this-netflix-of-books-the-next-big-thing-in-publishing/?mbid=social11571274
Me Books Brings Children’s Favorite Books To iPad, Lets You Be The Narrator - http://techcrunch.com/2013/06/14/me-books-brings-childrens-favorite-books-to-ipad-lets-you-be-the-narrator/
Evernote and 3M Digitize the Post-It Note -http://mashable.com/2013/09/26/evernote-post-it/
The Beginner’s Guide to Evernote -http://mashable.com/2013/07/03/evernote-beginners/