Other useful tools

Here you will find techniques, software, hardware, and more which can contribute to alleviate the disadvantage of a learning disability.

"Business transactions were a nightmare until they invested in a computer system that recognizes their speech. "It has changed our lives and boosted our business. We no longer have to rely on other people to read out documents or to write for us.” – Lloyd Le Blanc and Judith Holmes Drewery: Sculptors who run a thriving business together·

PC: is a great tool for dyslexics; one can work and learn interactive.

Word processor: today’s spelling and grammar checkers give you more confidence, and while you use them you are learning al the time. Example: Microsoft Word.

Dictionary one the PC: A great help is a dictionary on the PC: one that provides not only the definition but also the pronunciation and the history of the words. Especially the pronunciation is a big help if you work alone. Furthermore, you can repeat it as often as you want without annoying somebody. For example: Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia  or the free online dictionary Answers.com is also a great tool.

Mind mapping: Is a visual technique to take notes, to brainstorm, to make an outline, etc. You see the big picture; it’s not linear but holistic great for dyslexics and others. There are also software program which uses this technique such as "Mind Manager".

Speech recognition software: is great; you don’t have to write; is much quicker than writing.· Dictaphone: there is no need to take notes; somebody can type it out for you or you can even use a dictaphone with speech recognition software.

Encyclopedia: look for one with lots of pictures and/or animation. For a dyslexic it’s easier to understand when he sees a picture, remember "a picture is worth a thousand words".

Google's "Did you mean...?" feature:  Dyslexics often doubt their spelling or just misspell the word without noticing it, this Google feature comes in very handy because it suggests the right spelling. No need to lookup the word first. Some examples of misspelled words like: examples, john f kenedy, tomcruise, general goerge patton, albert enistein, albert enistine, dylsexia, dyslxia, dyslecia, dyselexia, dyselxia, dyselcics, dyslecics... Try the feature out here: you'll submit the word dylsexia and Google will suggest the proper spelling -- you just have to click their link.

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