Conference & Expo 2008
January 14-18th Expo only 15th-18
Macintosh is naturally 'dyslexic
friendly'. Maybe that's because Steve Jobs the developer is dyslexic
himself. I always rave about Apple with good reason. It's simple,
logical, and easy to use, and it gets better every year! The
products get better every year. This year we found many products
that enhance the dyslexic user. Go to MacWorldExpo and see all
the vendors. IDG puts on
a good show.
John Lennon Video!! See it at MacWorldExpo
What a fun and inspiring day
for schools and it's free!
Teachers take advantage of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus.
Many dyslexics are drawn to the arts, including John Lennon.
Although they don't talk about John Lennon's dyslexia, the bus
is a non-profit, mobile recording studio outfitted with traditional
musical instruments as well as current technological advances.
The Bus has provided free hands-on programs to hundreds of high
schools, colleges, Boys and Girls Clubs, music festivals, concerts,
conventions and community organizations. See this video clip at MacWorld 2007 about
the bus and visit their website. http://www.LennonBus.org
[see John Lennon Video!!]
IDA Conference Dallas,
In a nutshell the IDA Internation
Conference is the recourse for resources of clinically tested
methods to help multi-sensory students. My first symposium, first
speaker Gordon F. Sherman, PhD, gave me much hope for the language
of dyslexics future in Education. Educators of the future are
looking at the assets dyslexics have and working with there strengths....
hallelujah!! The last day of the conference, so I will be reporting
soon my findings and elaborate on the must see event. http://www.interdys.org/AnnualConference.htm
resource for students Dyslexia
College has resources for: Computer programs, Essay writing,
Reading difficult books, Giving presentations, Concentration,
Time scheduling, Acronyms, Organization, working methods, Taking
notes, Exams, Support for dyslexic students, For teachers, Dyslexia
and stress, Discussion Forum & Newsletters. http://www.dyslexia-college.com/
Send us your
programs and products and we will write a review on it's educational
and dyslexic friendly ease of use. We feature products that are
dyslexic friendly. If we like them, and think it would benefit
our community, we will give you a complimentary link on our "Awesome
Resources" page. We have thousands of visitors from all over the world,
educators to, students, and adults looking for answers to complement
their unique needs. Solutions that are in harmony with ADD, learning
disabilities, freethinkers and Dyslexia.
Free on Line:
Spelling & Text to Speech! By Stacy Poulos
Being a avid
dyslexic and often times having a hard time choosing the correct
word in a spell check, I don't always have the time to get a
third party to correct my spelling before it goes out to a client
or published in print or on the web.
- Go to google.com
and type in your word, if it is spelt wrong it will ask you if
you really meant this... then they will give you an alternate
word. Well if you are dyslexic like I am, your still not sure
it's correct. Sometimes google will find sites with the word
spelt wrong, so to check you can go through the second step...
- Text to Speech
- There are a
lot of options in programs to have your computer to read to you
and we have a few links on our resource page. Microsoft has a
program that is amazing, you speak into a microphone and it will
type for you, even read back to you. But here's a hot tip, on
the goto: ATT has an on line program you can type into, you can
even pick different NATURAL voices and languages to read back
to you. You can copy and paste a 300 character limit paragraph
and have it read back to you. I'm always amazed how many errors
I catch by having my work read back to me. On line, Text to Speech, check this out!....
On line Text
- What are
dyslexic friendly products? By Stacy Poulos
- In my opinion
any product you use should enhance your capabilities with out
having to go through an extensive learning curve. That goes for
anyone. What company wants to pay huge amounts of money to put
all their employees through speciality training? Not to mention
they have to pay them hourly to go through it. In my professional
experience as a media expert, I have worked with hundreds of
companies. From large companies such as Kraft Foods with thousands
of employees to small companies with only a few employees, and
sometimes a big turn over. These companies as well as individualize
appreciate 'ease of use'. Most professionals are just that, professionals
at what they do, and they are good at what they do. They are
not computer programmers and don't even want to know what a 'directory'
is, or what a 'gigabit' is, or a 'refresh' button... what the
heck is that? and why do I have to do it?. Blah, blah, blah.
So. I commission anyone who sells products of any sort to take
the extra time to keep it simple and visual. Make your amazing
products, then sit back and re-design it with simplicity in mind.
You can always have an advanced mode. Once people start to uses
a product often, eventually they explore to learn more. ADD and
dyslexics just want to get to the point. Icons most the time,
are better than words. It took Microsoft a long time to get on
the simplicity/icon based ban wagon but a PC's are looking a
lot like a Mac now. Better yet accompany the icons with words
is even better yet. So here are some important tips on developing
- Quick Start
- Can your potential
user start using your product with out going into great detail?
Have a quick start guide that gets them started without compromising
the product. One that gives them instant results. The functioning
product should excite the user to want to utilize all the functions.
Logical icons are easier to find and explore. I like to explore
a products with out having to read the directions. Then I like
to look further into the greater functionality.
- Logic, Logic,
- Make it logical!
Have someone go over it with basic common sense. Technical people
tend to put to much of the "middle part" in. Show me
what the end results should look like, then the steps to get
there. Most dyslexics have strong common sense and can figure
things out without directions, just show us where to find it
and what it should look like. We would rather explore things
then --read the directions.
- Bullet Points,
- You can have
directions in details but you should start off with bullet points
and short descriptions. When it comes to computer based stuff,
make screen prints of all the functions then and what it does.
more with teaching dyslexics...