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


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


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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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?

Recruiting Participants for NYC Dyslexia Research Study

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

We are still recruiting participants for our research on dyslexia. The information about the study is below – please feel free to call or email us if you have any questions or are interested in participating. Information about the study is below:

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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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