Dyslexics have much to celebrate about our recent advancements in technology. The internet has all sorts of resources to help dyslexics work to their strengths. Our Working with Dyslexia tutor, Sally Williams, collated these resources for her class. So we thought – why not share them! Most of them are free, but some you need to pay for.
All-round dyslexia websites
Beating Dyslexia is produced by dyslexic people for dyslexic people)
Dyslexia Advantage was co-founded by Doctors Brock and Fernette Eide and promotes the positive identity, community, and achievement of dyslexic people by focusing on their strengths.
Ben Foss’s Headstrong Nation is a movement dedicated to a radical new approach to dyslexia. To empower adult dyslexics to own their dyslexia, to understand it, and to develop new ways of learning and working based on their individual profiles.
The Getting Things Done Methodology isn’t specifically for dyslexics, but it’s useful all the same. If you want to manage your time better, check it out.
Top notch videos
Dean Bragonier offers a different take on Dyslexia in this popular TED Talk.
Tony Buzan is the creator of Mind Maps – a powerful “thinking tool”. He also is a prominent expert in Mental Literacy. This video is a perfect intrduction to the power of mind-mapping.
Helpful apps and tools
Ghotit is a reading and writing assistant for dyslexics. It’s a spell checker, grammar checker word pr3ediector and reading assistant. It costs to buy, but there’s a 60 day money back guarantee.
Grammarly is like the spell-checker in Microsoft Word except you can use it everywhere. On websites. Emails. Inside apps. The basic version is free, and you can pay for more advanced features.
The Hemingway app is another useful writing tool. Earnest Hemingway, the author, is famous for his short sentences. The Hemingway app
gives you advice on how to make your writing clearer. There’s a free online version. And you can buy the desktop version if you write a lot.
www.howtospell.co.uk has tips, lessons and resources to help you learn how to spell.
WordQ / iWordQ is a text predictor app and it offers lists of potential words you might like to use.
Dragon Speaking Naturally Speaking is expensive (about $150) but some people rave about it. You can use your voice to control your computer, making things much faster.
Notability (Mac only) is a note-taking app that has some flexible features that are useful for dyslexics. Microphone recording. Freehand drawing. It’s easy to add pictures.
If you find these useful, you’ll love our Working with Dyslexia course.
It runs once a year – usually starting in August. We also have a Dyslexia Forum that runs continuously to help dyslexics make progress in their lives. Contact us to learn more.