Appreciating assistive technology is easy, but choosing among the vast options can feel overwhelming. The tech landscape offers a complex network of devices and applications that are constantly morphing and changing. The image above attempts to show the "big picture," but only offers a few specific examples. For instance, there are more operating systems, browsers, devices, programs, hardware options, internet sites and data storage alternatives. So, as you can see there is a complex web to navigate and within that maze, there are some phenomenal tools that can help to level the playing field for individuals with dyslexia. If you would like an in-depth listing of my favorite devices and applications, come to my assistive technology page.
- Applications: Most assistive tech today is in the form of a software application or “add-on” that make original applications easier to use. There are even applications for applications referred to as Add-ons, Add-ins, Plug-ins, Tools, Extensions.
- Browsers: Web browsers are software programs that enable internet users to access, navigate and search the web.
- Data storage: These are service on the web that allow users to store, curate and retrieve data.
- Hard Good Devices: Technology isn’t all digital. From colored overlays to metronomes to ball chairs, learning aids take all forms.
- Hardware: These are the physical computing devices and accessories.
- Operating Systems: This is the software that supports a computer's basic functions such as Mac OS/iOS, Windows, Linux, Ubuntu, Android. Each has different assistive tech features built in—often called “accessibility functions.”
- Websites: A specific location on the web defined by a unique URL web address.
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TECHNOLOGY FOR STUDENTS WITH DYSLEXIA