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

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


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?

NYC Dyslexia Resarch Study: Participants Needed

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

We are recruiting participants for our research on dyslexia. Please call 347-446-7838 or email if you are interested or would like more information.

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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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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