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Students with learning disabilities

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Getting help from technology

Technology has liberated those with learning difficulties as it has those with visual and other physical problems. Here are some examples of common and more specific applications which may help:

  • Word processing can help with writing through its redrafting and editing facilities, and does away with the need to write by hand. However, it cannot help with inappropriate words, the grammar checks assume knowledge of the rules of grammar, and the spell checker may not solve all spelling problems.
  • Screen readers – these are pieces of software that read out text to you. This may help you "hear" errors, and can also help readers with SSS.
  • Reading on the screen. You can change background colours, fonts, etc. if you find reading on the screen difficult. You can change the preferences in your browser, and also change the background in Microsoft Word.
  • Planning programmes. Mind mapping was earlier referred to as a technique for taking notes and organizing ideas. Some software can facilitate this, such as .
  • Study skills software – is a piece of study software designed specifically for people with dyslexia by an experienced dyslexic tutor, using a multisensory approach with text and voiceover, graphics, sound effects, colour and humour to develop skills for successful learning.
  • Voice recognition – this helps you dictate your thoughts into a computer, and thereby avoid writing all together. This sounds almost too good to be true, the drawback is that you will have to invest a good amount of time "training" the software to recognize your voice. Dragon Dictate Classic Version 3 has been praised in this respect.