The Imagination of the Child: Response to Graeme Whiting

“What caused me mental health issues was not from reading Harry Potter or Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, but that my school refused to have me assessed for dyslexia and thus having little to no support with my reading. I felt stupid and belittled by teachers and fellow students. It’s a horrible feeling when you know that you’re not stupid but people talk down to you like you’re lazy or ignorant because you hate reading and it takes you twice as long as other people.”

“I was very lucky that when I went back to college at 25 I was diagnosed as dyslexic and was given support in college and at university too. I had a fantastic English lecturer at college too who opened my eyes to Shakespeare and I found myself laughing heartily at the jokes within Romeo and Juliet that I would never have understood before. He also reignited my love of poetry which has lead me on to reading the likes of Oscar Wilde, W.B. Yeats and Seamus Heaney, who I perhaps would have avoided in the past.”

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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

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:


“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:

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:

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.

What do you think of the Literacy Portal?

–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.

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

NYC Dyslexia Interview Research Study

We are now recruiting participants for our latest research study. Below is information about the study and eligibility. If you have any questions or are interested in joining please email or call 347-446-7838

Language researchers at the City University of New York (CUNY) are interested in interviewing adults with dyslexia. We want to know about YOUR experiences: how you feel about your diagnosis, your experiences at school/work, and the sorts of accommodations you may have received.


  • Officially diagnosed with dyslexia (does not matter when you were diagnosed)
  • If you have dyslexia as well as other learning issues (ADD/ADHD, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, SLI, etc.) you are also eligible to join
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Learned English before age 5

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