Jan 9th , 2011
Technological solutions for people with learning disabilities can improve their quality of life and assist them to feel more confident in a regular learning environment. The task, which is simple to some, of translating one’s thoughts into written language can be extremely difficult for people with learning disabilities. Most people that have learning disabilities such as Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder – adhd, dyslexia etc. will have some difficulty in reading. There are many degrees of reading difficulties and the means by which assistance is provided need to be adjusted specifically. Special education for people that have learning difficulties such as Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder – adhd, and dyslexia uses assistive technology aids to help students. Such assistive technology tools may include the automatic grammar and spelling correction tool.
For people with learning disabilities the regular spell checker cannot always be useful. Some people that suffer from dyslexia, for example, will have spelling mistakes that are so far removed from the original word they intended to write that the regular spell checker will not recognize it or will offer them spelling corrections that contain words they did not intend to write. A context-sensitive spell checker will take a look, not only at each word in order to look for possible spelling errors, but also at the entire sentence and analyze context, just like a human being would. By analyzing context, the spell checker is able to recognize words with severe spelling mistakes and offer the right corrections. Students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder – adhd, dyslexia and other learning disabilities are able to view their original sentences, with all their mistakes alongside the corrected sentences. Seeing them one next to the other assists them to learn exactly what their error was. In addition to that the context-sensitive spell checker that possesses Text to Speech capability will assist students with learning difficulties to listen to their errors and to the corrections offered. Some people with learning disabilities will find it difficult to read the suggested corrections. The ability to listen to the various correction suggestions will allow students with learning difficulties to select, with ease, the right one. Text to speech can also assist by reading aloud long texts that would otherwise be very difficult for some people with learning disabilities to handle. It also makes proofreading much easier, as texts can be read and re-read to the student.
To learn more about proofreading check our proofreading guide.