Assistive Technology Tool Kit for Dyslexia: Enabling Students to Rapidly and Effortlessly “Read” and Write Print
Assistive Technology Systems and Services for Students with Dyslexia
Mike Matvy, 8-13-17
(1) Screen readers on computers, tablets, and smart phones (VoiceOver built into all Mac computers and all iOS devices (iPad, iPod, & iPhone), Speak Selection (that lets the user select a word, paragraph, or sentence and have it voiced), Window Eyes, a third-party program which can be added to a Windows computer.
(2) Audiobooks from Learning Ally, BookShare, and National Library Service (played with Apps for the iOS devices BARD Mobile, Learning Ally, Voice Dream, or with a Victor Reader Stream)
(2a) Another source for e-books and audiobooks is your public library using an app called OverDrive. The OverDrive app is a great way to quickly find and get eBooks, audiobooks, streaming videos, and periodicals from your library or school.
(3) Learning Ally app, Bard Mobile app, & Voice Dream Reader app for an iOS device or a Victor Reader Stream or other device that plays the specially formatted audio and text content with speed and flexibility.
(4) Voice recognition systems that work simultaneously with screen readers (Apple's dictation on Mac and iOS devices which works simultaneously with Apple's screen reader, VoiceOver.)
(5) An iPad or other iOS device that has Apple’s dictation built-in. These are the later iOS devices that also have Siri. If they've got Siri they got Apple’s dictation.
(6) Related software for additional support for reading, writing, and research (Dictionaries, spellcheck programs, web search programs, etc.). For students using iOS devices most of these software systems are built-in.
(7) A hand held reading device that takes a picture and converts printed material into spoken language (iOS Device w/Prizmo Go app (Free) or w/Prizmo app ($9.99), Intel Reader, or KNFB Reader Mobile
(7a) A workstation for teachers which will convert printed material into digital print that can be read using text-to-speech (Voiceover or Speak Selection) on students devices. Using a flatbed scanner and a computer with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software. teachers can convert paper documents to text documents while retaining the formatting of the original document. An example of the OCR software that will do this is OmniPage from nuance.com/
(8) A test taking app that lets students do read aloud testing on the iPad /iPod/iPhone (For full disclosure: this is an app that Mike Matvy developed, owns, and sells on the Apple iTunes store)
(9) Ongoing evaluation and program planning which take into account [A] the student’s abilities, needs, and aptitudes, [B] his school and home environment, [C] tasks he is expected to complete, and [D] assistive technology systems used to accommodate for reading spelling and writing inadequacies. An excellent set of procedures are available for planning assistive technology (AT) interventions and ongoing support — The SETT Framework by Joy Zabala
(10) Training which includes initial training on each system and follow-up/follow-through training to ensure that adequate support is provided for both mastery of the AT system and successful integration of the AT system into the student’s curriculum.