American Wordspeller

Below is some information that was sent to me about a phonetic dictionary called American Wordspeller:

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“The suggestion of a tearful 13 year old, brilliant dyslexic girl encouraged the development of the first, one-of-a-kind dyslexia dictionary, “Gabby’s Wordspeller & Phonetic Dictionary”. Now in its 8th year, this unique dictionary has been transformed into Apps and Books entitled, “American Wordspeller”.

This handy resource tool, written by Gabby’s mother, Diane Frank, is used in over 800 school districts and 20 countries for those who struggle with spelling. Not only does it generate the correct spelling for you no matter how misspelled the word is, but will also provide the definition, spelled out suffixes and prefixes as well as cross reference your word if it is spelled or sounds similar to another word such as ‘petal’, ‘pedal’ or ‘peddle’.

A usability study, performed by Dr. Luz Rello et al at Carnegie Melon University mentioned the App, ‘American Wordspeller & Phonetic Dictionary’ as an “…easily accessible mobile application for People with Dyslexia” in 2012.

Find your word by the way it sounds! Designed by and for genius dyslexics!”

Below is a demo of how to use this dictionary.

Have you used American Wordspeller? What do you think of it?

–Rita W. El-Haddad

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Literacy Portal – A Website for Adults with Dyslexia

Éva Gyarmathy is a Senior Researcher at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and is working on a research project involving adults with dyslexia, specifically an online portal. Here is some information from Dr. Gyarmathy about the project:

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“We work on a research project on adult dyslexia. We have created an online portal service to follow and register the needs of dyslexic adults and the effect of the support. This is the portal site: http://www.literacyportal.eu

We collect ideas for our dyslexic users to be more effective in everyday life. We managed to develop an online test of dyslexia, not a questionnaire, but really a test. The validation study shows that our online test differentiates dyslexic users and can identify their strengths and weaknesses.”

This is the link to the test: http://www.literacyportal.eu/en/test-yourself.html

To take the test, all you need to do is create a free account through the portal. What do you think of the test?

The portal not only has this online test but a huge range of other resources including information about dyslexia, tips on how to manage your time and other aspects of daily life, brain training exercises, and forums to connect to other adults with dyslexia.

http://www.literacyportal.eu

What do you think of the Literacy Portal?

–Rita W. El-Haddad

Dyslexie versus OpenDyslexic

June 11th, 2014 Update: Dyslexie font is now FREE for home users. Click here to download.

November 22nd, 2015 Update: All links to the Dyslexie website have been updated

We recently heard a lot of about the now-famous OpenDyslexic font developed by Abelardo Gonzalez. The font has been praised by some, received mixed-reviews, or seen as not serving its intended purpose by others (also discussed on this blog in a different post). Regardless, many are implementing the font. A quick check of the OpenDyslexic Facebook page or “Products” section of the website will show just how many apps, sites, and books are using OpenDyslexic.

Interestingly, Christian Boer also developed a font aimed at individuals with dyslexia called Dyslexie which was released in 2008 (about four years before OpenDyslexic).

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Update: for information on our latest research project, click here

–Rita W. El-Haddad

Download the Free Learning Disability Checklist

The Learning Disability Checklist is another great free resource available for download by the National Center for Learning Disabilities.

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Download the Free Dyslexia Toolkit!

The National Center for Learning Disabilities has just come out with its Dyslexia Toolkit. The toolkit is a free e-book that anyone can download. The goal of releasing the toolkit is to raise awareness, help you see warning signs of dyslexia in children and adults, as well as noting what you can do if you or someone you know may have dyslexia. Continue reading