American Wordspeller

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

American Wordspeller Android App Screen Shot

“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

Ghotit – Assistive Technology that Understands You

I was contacted by Ofer Chermesh, the CEO of Ghotit. He passed along some information about Ghotit, which is assistive technology meant to help people with dyslexia. Below is what he had to say about Ghotit.

Capture“Ghotit Real Writer and Reader 3 is a writing assistant technology for people with dyslexia and dysgraphia.

Ghotit writing assistance algorithms were uniquely developed to understand the text written by people with dyslexia and dysgraphia. Ghotit is used while writing (word prediction) or at the end of the writing process in order to correct spelling, grammar and punctuation errors. At the end of the writing process, the user can proofread the text using Ghotit text to speech.

Ghotit Real Writer and Reader 3 has many additional features that helps people with problematic writing to write freely and independently.Ghotit is available for Windows and Macintosh laptops or desktops and for Android smartphones or tablets.

 Video link:

Ghotit Dyslexia

Have you used Ghotit? Does it work for you?

–Rita W. El-Haddad

Online Survey of College and Graduate Students with Dyslexia or Learning Disabilities

The following information was taken from the Dyslexic Advantage April Newsletter:
“Dyslexic and LD Student Volunteers Needed for Research Study: Columbia University Online Survey of College & Grad Students Experiencing Discrimination
Elizabeth Geiger, a student in Counseling at Columbia University Teachers College in NY, would like college and grad students to take her brief online survey about discrimination.

Interview Study with New Nurses with Learning Disabilities

I recently received an email from Michelle Cook who is a doctoral student and nurse educator at Regis College in Weston, MA. She currently conducting research study on new nurses with learning disabilities and wanted to spread the word about the study. The study consists of an interview that can be done in person or remotely using Skype or Face Time. I have pasted information below about eligibility and goals of the study. Check it out to see if you or anyone you know may qualify:

“A nurse educator and doctoral student would like to interview new Registered Nurses with learning disabilities to describe their transition into practice experience.

The interview should take about 45 minutes and there is no cost other than your time. As a gesture of appreciation participants will receive a $10 coffee gift card.

The study has been approved by Regis College IRB and all information is confidential. 

If interested or if you know of anyone who may qualify please email the researcher at

Below is a more detailed description about the study:

“Ask any nurse what it was like to move from the role of a student to that of a new nurse and I bet you’ll get an earful. Transition into nursing practice is tough. The amount of information a new nurse must process causes the transition period to be overwhelming and extremely stressful, yet the need to be accepted as a capable peer is key for a successful transition.

Now, imagine transitioning as a new nurse with a learning disability. Currently there is no information on this particular group of nurses who are often hidden among us. As students nurses they are hardworking, cautious practitioners who very likely will carry that attention to detail and work ethic with them as they enter the work force.

Information about how they experience transition is not only valuable information for nurse leaders, but could also assist all new nurses as they enter their professional role.

If you are a new nurse with a learning disability or if you know someone who is, please email me for more information at

–Rita W. El-Haddad


Dyslexia and Technology Survey

Bachelor of Education student, Kelly Holborow, is conducting a research project on dyslexia. This project is an online survey about the way that technology used in school supports children with dyslexia. Below is some more information about the study from Kelly as well as the link to the survey. If you are at least 18 years old and have either worked with or are the parent of someone with dyslexia then you are able to complete this survey. Please fill out the survey and pass it along!

“You are invited to participate in a research project looking at how technology in school supports children with dyslexia. The purpose of this research is to find out how adaptive technologies are used to support learners with dyslexia to help them to achieve their full potential in education.”

“This questionnaire is a part of research for my Bachelor of Education Degree in Primary Education with ICT. I am studying at Plymouth University in the Education department under the supervision of Steve Wheeler.The questionnaire will take between 5 and 10 minutes to complete.”

“If you have worked with or are the parent of a dyslexic person, please complete my survey:

–Rita W. El-Haddad