Assistive Technology

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Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology helps “level the playing field” for individuals with dyslexia. Accommodations, such as Assistive Technology, should be part of any remediation program, but should not be used in place of intervention. With that said, technology has the potential to “level the playing field” for many students and adults with dyslexia, and open doors to them in the classroom, in the workplace, and at home. From spell check to e-books to voice recognition, assistive technology now encompasses a growing number of software programs that can seem mind-boggling to parents, educators, and individuals with dyslexia. Fortunately, there are professionals who specialize in this growing field. IDA Southwest thanks Megan Shanley, an Albuquerque Public Schools Occupational Therapist and Assistive Technology expert, for the following two publications. Megan recently presented at Dyslexia Southwest 2013 on the many uses of the iPad.

The iPAD for Individuals with Dyslexia

The iPad is changing the game of portable technology for the individual with learning disabilities, with a combination of applications and accessibility features that are making it easier to interact with text. Check out few apps and features that have proven useful, but there are MANY more apps to accomplish the same tasks. New apps come out and change on a daily basis and prices constantly are changing, so keep your eyes open or check for more options.

Checkout a list of apps for individuals with dyslexia
Download a PDF to review the list of helpful apps.

iPad Ideas from a Dyslexia Therapist

Advisory Council member, Maile Kane, a retired Albuquerque Public Schools dyslexia therapist, now in private practice in Durango as a Certified Academic Language Therapist, has been learning a lot about the many pros and (the few) cons of the iPad. Here are her thoughts on iPad apps. If you, the reader, has any contributions to this subject, please email them to

What does dyslexia therapist, Maile Kane, recommend?
Download a PDF of Maile Kane’s review of iPad Apps.

Assistive Technology and the Law

To learn more about the use of assistive technology and the laws governing an individual’s right to use these accommodations: Assistive Technology Laws Article.

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