Assistive Technology is all around us. Adults use it when we voice type text messages or email, or when we ask Siri, Google home or Alexa a question.
For children with dyslexia, Assistive Technology is any device, software, or equipment one uses to help with learning. Some examples of Assistive Technology include
- text-to-speech (for reading)
- and speech-to-text (for writing which can include dictation software and word prediction programs)
Once you know the TYPE of Assistive Technology your child needs, then you can determine what platform you want to use such as:
- desktop programs
- web-based tools
- Chrome Apps and Extensions
- iOS apps or Android apps
Understood has examples of many options.
Minnesota PACER's Simon Technology Center offers services including a technology consultation.
Assistive technology webinars:
Rachel Berger, Microsoft, starts at minute 4:24, "Supporting Remote Learning Using Free Microsoft Tools" Spring 2020
Erika Kluge, from Think with Success presents "Using the iPad and Mac Computer for Remote Learning -- Making Reading and Writing Easier" Spring 2020
Jennifer Hasser, from Kendore Learning presents "Parents Guide to Reading Intervention in an Era of Online Learning" Spring 2020