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

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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 www.ghotit.com

Have you used Ghotit? Does it work for you?

–Rita W. El-Haddad

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

Is BeeLine Reader Helpful For People with Dyslexia?

The other day, I received an email from a computer programmer with dyslexia (who also talked about his view on the OpenDyslexic font in this post) letting me know about a browser plugin called BeeLine Reader. This plugin is supposed to help people to read faster. It is not specifically targeting people with dyslexia, but on the site it does state “Many people with ADD, dyslexia, and vision difficulties find BeeLine to be immensely helpful.”
So what does it look like and why is it supposed to make it easier to read text?

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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Is OpenDyslexic Font Easier to Read for People with Dyslexia?

I initially discussed OpenDyslexic font in a previous post and linked to a couple of reviews. One of the reviews was by Mike James, a programmer with dyslexia. James stated that “…it was a relief to get back to a standard font” after trying it out.

It seems that James is not alone in his opinion. I received a critique of the font from a programmer with dyslexia. The programmer (who prefers not to have his name used) echoed James’ opinion. He felt the font was not useful for programming, but it could help with general reading if it were in large print. Continue reading

OpenDyslexic Font

This review by Mike James of I Programmer discusses the potential benefit of a new font geared specifically for people with dyslexia. The font is called OpenDyslexic, it is free, and can be downloaded from this website. The font’s letters have “heavy-weighted bottoms” with the purpose of making the font easier to read. It is also supposed to help prevent letter-swapping and allow readers to more easily distinguish between letters.

Alphabet and Numbers in OpenDyslexic Font – Source

Mike James, a programmer with dyslexia, discusses his personal view of the font as well as how this could help the dyslexic community as a whole and programmers with dyslexia. James states that its benefits cannot truly be measured until there is some scientific testing, but it’s certainly a step in the right direction.

Check out the review here as well as a report by BBC News

–Rita W. El-Haddad

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OpenDyslexic Font Example – Source