Assistive Technology

Assistive technology (AT) refers to devices, software or other tools that help people with disabilities—in our case, dyslexia—to perform difficult tasks more easily. AT provides better access to learning through the use of technology.

Here’s a helpful online tool to find educational and assistive technology products for students with disabilities:

There are several types of technology that help dyslexic kids (and adults) with reading, writing and spelling tasks.

Learning Ally Webinar “Dyslexia: Insights and Solutions with Susan Barton”

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Learning Ally is hosting a live webinar Oct. 16, 2012 at 2 p.m. EST Susan Barton, one of America’s leading experts on dyslexia, will share critical accommodations to help children with dyslexia succeed at home and in the classroom. Find out what students need until their reading, spelling, and writing skills reach grade level, and […]

New Font “OpenDyslexic” for Dyslexic Readers

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Here’s the info about a new open-source (FREE) font for dyslexic readers. Text is a quote from the OpenDyslexic web site. OpenDyslexic is a new open sourced font created to increase readability for readers with dyslexia. The typefaces includes regular, bold, italic and bold–italic styles. It is being updated continually and improved based on input […]

Fun Learning Technology for Dyslexic Kids

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Help your child love learning with these great apps, web sites and other fun resources. This info was compiled by DDN member, Jen Rhett. and presented at the DDN meeting on Sept. 29, 2012. Resource, Other 1. Free (ad-free versions available for purchase) a. All Ages b. iPhone/iPad, Android, computer   2. Flashcards a. […]

Audio Books

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Audiobooks are a great help to kids who struggle with reading. Just load the book on your music player, laptop or tablet and you’re ready to read. Some textbooks are available in audio format either through the book publisher or through a service such as Learning Ally (formerly RFBD), which uses volunteers to read and […]


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Using a keyboard is a good way to assist kids who write very slowly or illegibly. A regular computer is good for reports and long assignments, while a tablet or smart phone can be used to take notes in class.

Voice Recognition

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Voice recognition programs such as Dragon Naturally Speaking enable the user to dictate text by speaking rather than having to type. This is a valuable tool for a child whose ideas flow faster than his/her fingers on a keyboard, and is infinitely faster than a child with slow handwriting. There are several free and paid […]

Spelling Apps

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Spell checkers are now commonplace in almost every electronic device. While most computer programs have built-in spell checkers, you can also download spell checker apps for your Ipod, tablet or phone. Just type a word and immediately know if it’s spelled correctly. These apps can replace the old-school “Franklin Speller” when used on a tablet […]

Text Readers/Screen Readers

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Text readers are known as TTS: Text to Speech applications. They run on a computer, laptop or phone/tablet and will read aloud typed text. Basic text readers (like those on a smart phone) are useful for for email and text messages, navigation directions, translations, and more. The Ivona MiniReader is a free add-on toolbar that […]

Text Scanners/OCR

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Text scanners can convert printed words into a computer file. This process is called OCR (optical character recognition). Today’s technology makes it possible for a student to photograph a printed textbook page (or any other type of printed material) with a smart phone or tablet, then turn it onto an electronic file that can be […]

“Dyslexie” a new font for dyslexics

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Dyslexie is a typeface (font) for dyslexics. Dyslexie is the name of a new typeface (font) designed by Christian Boer of the Netherlands. Boer is a 30-year-old graphic designer who struggles with dyslexia. He designed Dyslexie to offer more visual distinction between letters with similar shapes such as b and d, v and w, n […]