Resources from the 2014 Dyslexia Symposium

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Resources discussed at the 2014 Dyslexia Symposium: “Tools and Tech for Students with Dyslexia” by Scott Forsythe



There are a number of excellent resources for people with dyslexia, but it may be hard to locate them or take full advantage of them.  This list exists to help you find the resources you need.  The list is categorized by the type of resources in the category.  



Fonts

People who have dyslexia often find that reading text with certain fonts and on certain background colors is much easier.  Simple, sans-serif fonts and pastel backgrounds are usually much easier for dyslexics to read.  Additionally, people with dyslexia often struggle less to read fonts that closely match the letters they are taught to write (a as opposed to a).  You can download free fonts from http://www.dafont.com/, among others.  A number of fonts in the Sans Serif category are dyslexic-friendly.



Easter Seals Lending Library

So how can you determine what specific assistive technology products you actually want?  Trying out each assistive technology would be prohibitively expensive and simply watching video reviews of each technology will not allow you to actually interact with it.

Fortunately, there is an organization that provides an extremely helpful service.  The Indianapolis Easter Seals Crossroads has a ‘lending library’ of assistive technologies that you can try out in your home for free.  They will even teach you how to use the devices and programs.  Easter Seals can be contacted at http://www.eastersealstech.com/ or at 888-466-1314



TechMatrix

http://techmatrix.org/ is a searchable database of more than 400 assistive technologies searchable by subject, grade level and IDEA disability category.  



Dyslexia diagnosis and support

It is best to receive a diagnosis from a professional who is trained to recognize dyslexia and other learning differences.  Several charitable organizations, such as the Children’s Dyslexia Centers, offer free services and can often refer you to other helpful organizations.  http://childrensdyslexiacenters.org/Home.aspx



Learn about IEPs, 504s and more

The National Center for Learning Disabilities provides an excellent explanation for IEPs and other programs that provide accommodations for dyslexic students.



Library resources

Almost all public libraries, but especially Allen County Public Library, can be extremely helpful for finding resources and information.  They can even provide textbooks and workbooks for students!  Of course, many librarians are incredibly knowledgeable and happy to help you find resources and information.



Tips for Reluctant Readers

Tips for Reluctant Readers and Struggling Spellers is a website that does exactly what the name suggests; it provides information, strategies and more to anyone who struggles with reading and spelling.  http://tipsforreluctantreaders.weebly.com/



Read more about programs and tools discussed during the presentation:

Ghotit advanced spell check program: http://www.ghotit.com/

Google Calendar: https://www.google.com/calendar

American Wordspeller phonetic dictionary: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/american-wordspeller/id397617771?mt=8

ModMath: http://www.modmath.com/

Dragon Dictation: http://www.nuance.com/for-individuals/mobile-applications/dragon-dictation/index.htm

Google Chrome: https://www.google.com/chrome/

Google Chrome add-ons: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/category/extensions

Mozilla Firefox: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/?scene=2#download-fx

Screen tinters can be downloaded from various sources

Smartpens: http://store.livescribe.com/



Other assistive technologies can be found on the Assistive Technology page of my website