14 examples of dyslexia software that transform learning for students in further & higher education

For many years, students with dyslexia were at a disadvantage in further and higher education, due to problems with reading, writing and spelling. But over the past decade or so, innovative dyslexia software has been developed to help them overcome the challenges they face.

So, with that, here are our favourite 14 examples of dyslexia software that can transform learning for students in further and higher education.

 

1. Dragon NaturallySpeaking

The most popular transcription software, Dragon enables students with dyslexia to get their ideas down in writing without actually having to write.

Remember that, as with all transcription software, Dragon is designed to transcribe dictations. So students shouldn’t expect it to provide accurate transcriptions of lecture recordings.

NOTE: Sonocent Audio Notetaker for Windows includes integration with Dragon NaturallySpeaking versions 11 and above.

Helps with: Essay composition, note taking

Price: £139.99* (Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 Premium)

*All prices valid as of February 2016

 

2. Windows Speech Recognition

Mac and Windows include inbuilt programs for dictating text and making simple voice commands. As with Dragon NaturallySpeaking, the student should train their program to recognise the intonation of their speech.

Helps with: Essay composition, note taking, productivity

Price: N.A.

 

3. SpeakQ

As they speak, students with this transcription program can select from word predictions displayed on-screen. As such, they will need to spend less time correcting the transcriptions later. Best bought with the companion software WordQ.

Helps with: Essay composition, note taking

Price: £238.80 (WordQ and SpeakQ v4)

 

4. Microsoft Office Speak

Text-to-speech software, such as Microsoft Office Speak, reads back the text on a computer screen. Mac OSX also includes text-to-speech functionality.

Helps with: Reading, reviewing written materials, essay composition

Price: N.A.

 

5. ClaroRead

Paid-for versions of text-to-speech software include broader functionality than the free versions that come with PC and Mac. With ClaroRead software students can choose from less robotic reading voices and highlight passages of text that they consider significant as they listen.

Helps with: Reading, reviewing written materials, essay composition

Price: £154.80 (ClaroRead Standard for PC)

 

6. read&write

Text Help’s award-winning text-to-speech programs include state-of-the art word prediction and dictionaries to aid with writing. Feature rich and multi-award-winning.

Helps with: Reading, reviewing written materials, essay composition

Price: £320 (Read&Write for Windows Gold Edition)  

 

7. Inspiration Software

Mind maps are an engaging learning tool for dyslexic students. They are useful for brainstorming ideas, visualising concepts and creating outlines for written work.

Tech takes mindmapping to another level. Inspiration Software is one example. It’s designed for use in education and has received positive reviews from teachers and students.

Helps with: Brainstorming, revision, essay composition

Price: £39.99 (Inspiration 9 International English (IE) - 9.2)

 

8. MindView

An alternative to Inspiration Software, MindView includes a multiple features for editing and exporting mind maps, such as options to export to Word, PowerPoint and HTML.

Helps with: Brainstorming, revision, essay composition

Price: £379 (MindView PC)

 

9. Reading Pen 2 (Oxford Dictionary)

With smart pens, students with dyslexia can scan over written text and hear it read back. Reading Pen 2 is one option and comes with an in-built dictionary.

Helps with: Reading, reviewing written materials, essay composition

Price: £179.99

 

10. Exam Pen

Exam Pen is approved by The Joint Council of Qualifications (JCQ) for use in exams as an alternative to a reader (someone who reads exam questions to the student).

Helps with: Reading, reviewing written materials, exams

Price: £190

 

11. Prizmo

Prizmo is an example of a new-breed of apps that read back text captured in photographs. See also ClaroSpeak.

Helps with: Reading, reviewing diagrams and text from whiteboards and text books

Price: $49.99 (Prizmo 3)

 

12. CapturaTalk

A multi-faceted app that includes a web browser for reading back and displaying text in dyslexia-friendly formats.

Helps with: Reading, reviewing written materials, reviewing diagrams and text from whiteboards and text books

Price: £21.99 (CapturaTalk for iPhone and iPad)

 

13. Global AutoCorrect

Needless to say, all word processing software includes a spellchecker. But this doesn’t help dyslexic students who confuse words such as ‘there’ and ‘their’.

Dyslexic students benefit from software with a wider range of features for proofing written work. An example is Global AutoCorrect, which autocorrects for spelling errors as the student types. Plus Read&Write, which comes with text-to-speech functionality and homophone checking.

Helps with: Essay composition

Price: £274.80 (Global AutoCorrect for Windows: No training)

 

14. ClaroView

Colour overlays can help dyslexic students read text on computer screens. With ClaroView they can create overlays and change text colour.

Helps with: Reading, reviewing written materials

Price: £34.80 (ClaroView for PC)



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