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For Dyslexic and Visually Impaired Students, a Free High-Tech Solution

For Dyslexic and Visually Impaired Students, a Free High-Tech Solution
Digital Tools Teaching Strategies Thinkstock By Lillian Mongeau Elizabeth is a college freshman who has severe dyslexia that makes it impossible for her to decipher printed materials. But a few months before starting college, Elizabeth discovered an online library called, run by a small non-profit called Benetech. “My life changed as I entered the world of accessible literature,” Elizabeth wrote on Bookshare’s blog. For Elizabeth and the millions of students who are “print disabled” — meaning they have trouble reading because of dyslexia or vision impairment — many textbooks are not available in an audio format or in any other format that’s easily accessible. “I would hear about a book and remember thinking, ‘I wish I could read that,’ knowing it might be available in a year and a half. It’s not that Benetech invented accessible literature. “We want books in a format everyone can use,” said Betsy Beaumon, vice president of Benetech. “Now is the opportune moment,” she said. Related:  Reading Problems

Excellent Speech to Text Tools for Teachers June 11, 2014 In a recent post I shared here a few days ago, I featured a list of three good text to speech tools for teachers. Today, I am sharing with you another list of handy tools but this time it is the other way around: speech to text. These tools will enable you to transcribe oral speech into text which you can then copy and use anywhere you want. 1- Online Dictation This is a great tool that lets you transcribe speech as you talk. Dictanote is an advanced text editor with an integrated speech recognizer which lets you transcribe your speech. 3- VoiceNote VoiceNote is a notepad that allows you to type with your voice.

SuperSpeed: Game of Champ Readers! Improving student reading speed, of all serious educational problems, is one of the easiest to solve. Only 100 words, sight words, make up over 50% of the words students will ever read. Many of these words cannot be sounded out phonetically and thus must be known at sight, instantly. The more quickly students can read sight words, the faster they will read. Superspeed reading games developed by Whole Brain Teachers of America and classroom tested by hundreds of educators, provide a simple, extremely entertaining way to help K-12 students improve their reading speed. SuperSpeed Letters and Phonics teaches K-2 students the alphabet and letter sounds; SuperSpeed 100 helps K-3 (and remedial) students master the 100 most common sight words; SuperSpeed 1000, designed for 3rd-high school students, teaches the 1,000 most common sight words. SuperSpeed is played as follows: For more information, contact Chris Biffle.

Best iPad Apps for Dyslexia | ForDyslexia In a recent webinar from Dyslexic Advantage, which we have recommended previously, Jamie Martin from the Kildonan School reviewed his picks for the best iPad apps for dyslexia. Jamie talks about activating built-in speech-to-text features of the iPad, reading, literature, phonics apps, apps for taking notes and study skills, and math. He walks through the apps showing you how to use them and how they are useful in the classroom. To watch the webinar follow this link: Jamie Martin’s webinar Best iPad Apps for Dyslexia. What Every Teacher Needs to Know | ForDyslexia The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) has recently published a booklet for schools called “Dyslexia in the Classroom: What Every Teacher Needs to Know.” They sent every public elementary school in the US this resource booklet. Ask your child’s school if they received it. Below is the content of that booklet in its entirety. 1 Introduction 2 About IDA 3 What is Dyslexia? 4 Signs and Symptoms of Dyslexia 5 Social and Emotional Connection 6 Classroom Strategies, Tips, and Tools 7 Multisensory Structured Language Teaching 8 Screening, Evaluation, and Diagnosis 9 Additional Resources and Further Reading 10 References © Copyright 2013, The International Dyslexia Association (IDA). IDA encourages the reproduction and distribution of this resource kit. The degree of difficulty a child with dyslexia has with reading, spelling, and/or speaking varies from person to person due to inherited differences in brain development, as well as the type of teaching the person receives. What causes dyslexia?

Helping Children With Dyslexia Blog Ottawa’s Shaylyn Hewton, 13, is a nationally ranked swimmer. She is also dyslexic and takes out her stress in the pool. The list of accomplished dyslexics is long and distinguished and includes basketballer, Michael Jordan, Boxer, Muhammad Ali, racing car driver, Sir Jackie Stewart, and golfer, Adam Scott. And just as dyslexia didn’t stop them from reaching the top of their field, Shaylyn Hewton, 13,says it won’t stop her. “That’s definitely where I want to be,” says Shaylyn. Shaylyn’s talent doesn’t surprise Susan Barton, a California-based dyslexia expert. In 1998, Barton, 57, left a 20-year career in the IT industry to help her nephew, who was 16 and still unable to read when his dyslexia was identified. Shaylyn displayed signs of a learning disability early. Barton says with hard work, even adults whose dyslexia has never been diagnosed can acquire reading, writing and spelling skills. “I keep it secretive because some people take it differently,” says Shaylyn. Liz Dunoon

Reading Fluency Activities The reading fluency activities on this page are essential for children with dyslexia and struggling readers. These activities can be taught in the classroom (small and large group setting) and can also be implemented at home! Keep checking this page for more free printable reading fluency activities and other ways to increase reading fluency! Reading Self-Check Poster By enlarging this template you can help students learn and remember important self-check strategies when reading. We have found that it is beneficial to add objects to each strategy! Words Per Minute Partner Read Increase a child's reading fluency at the word level while they take turns "reading" and being the "listener". Fluency With Punctuation Print and cut apart the strips to help children practice punctuation fluency by using letters of the alphabet. Repeated Reading Homework Log Use this parent friendly homework log to help your students practice reading fluency using the repeated reading method at home. Buddy Reading Oh!

Educational and Assistive Technology Consulting Services — EdTech Associates As we move from computer-based classrooms to online 24/7 digital learning environments, a closer look on how students with specific learning challenges will be supported needs to be addressed. Undoubtedly, the access to mobile devices has increased significantly with new school models being created as we move to 24/7 access to the curriculum by students with devices like iPads, iPod touches and Xoom. The focus of our resources for students with learning challenges is updated here to include apps for the iPod touch, iPhone and iPad. A new day has arrived for dyslexic students where apps have been created to support the challenges that they have on a daily basis in school. The free app includes nearly 1,000,000 words and definitions and 90,000 synonyms and antonyms. Typ-O Typ-O uses a powerful word prediction engine and a sophisticated spelling error model to help you write, even if your spelling isn't perfect. iHomework Web Reader iBooks Dragon Search Dragon Dictation Speak It!

50 Popular iPad Apps For Struggling Readers & Writers (Dyslexia) « Scool Bell Whether you’re the parent of a child with a reading & writing disability (Dyslexia) or an educator that works with learning disabled students on a daily basis, you’re undoubtedly always looking for new tools to help these bright young kids meet their potential and work through their disability. While there are numerous technologies out there that can help, perhaps one of the richest is the iPad, which offers dozens of applications designed to meet the needs of learning disabled kids and beginning readers alike. Here, we highlight just a few of the amazing apps out there that can help students with a reading disability improve their skills not only in reading, writing, and spelling, but also get a boost in confidence and learn to see school as a fun, engaging activity, not a struggle. Helpful Tools These tools are useful for both educators and students with reading disabilities alike, aiding in everything from looking up a correct spelling to reading text out loud. Speak It! Fundamentals

Dyslexic Kids, There are so many apps that are useful to students... The International Dyslexia Association Promoting literacy through research, education and advocacy February 15, 2013 iPad Apps for Literacy Instruction By: Elaine Cheesman, Ph.D. Using iPads for literacy instruction opens up many stimulating opportunities. These tablet computers are portable, easy to use, and there are countless “educational” iPad applications, or apps, available. It can be challenging to locate worthwhile apps that reinforce literacy instruction in phonological awareness, phonics (reading and spelling), vocabulary, morphology, text comprehension, and written expression. A forthcoming article in Perspectives will expand upon the advantages of using iPads in the classroom and provide additional information on iPad Assistive Technology. What are the advantages of tablet computers? Unlike desktop computers, tablet computers, such as the iPad (and iPhones) are lightweight, portable, and kid-sized. What should I look for in a good app? A good app is educationally sound, versatile, and worth the price. Some worthwhile apps to consider

HOW TEACHERS CAN ACCOMMODATE THE DYSLEXIC STUDENT *Do not give them open-ended questions that involve abstract or incomplete instructions. *Do not base the student's marks on spelling, punctuation or grammatical errors. Errors in assignments should be corrected for them. Spelling, punctuation and grammar are very abstract concepts for them that the right brain does not easily process and cannot visualize them as concrete images. An illustration would be to ask them to point to the "back of a chair".