The University of Texas at Austin

Classroom Assistive Technology Devices

Learning Disabilities: Writing

Assistive Technology devices for students with Learning Disabilities in Writing are categorized alphabetically:
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Description

AlphaSmart 3000 Portable Computer Companion

Company: AlphaSmart, Inc.
Tel #: 1-888-274-0680
Price: $199.00
Function Domain: learning disabilities

portable eyboard with LCD display

Description:This portable computer allows students to enter and edit text while they take notes and engage in written language activities at their own desks. It is considerably cheaper than a lap top computer and can be connected to a computer or printer as needed. Students with learning disabilities and handwriting problems can use this technology.

Co:Writer 4000

Company: Don Johnston, Inc.
Tel #: 1-800-999-4660
Catalog #: P40
Price: $325.00
Function Domain: Learning Disabilities

Co:Writer 4000 Software Box: The spelling and grammar-smart word search that builds BETTER sentences

Description: Co:Writer 4000 is the talking word prediction software which enables students to express their thoughts in writing with less frustration. This writing intervention program gives students the tools they need to construct quality, content-rich sentences. Students can use FlexSpell to write the words they want, even if they can only spell them phonetically. Developing writers get immediate grammar support to improve the quality of their work.

Five European Language translator

Company: Franklin
1-800-266-5626
Catalog #: TWE-118

Price: $24.95

Function Domain:
Vocabulary acquisition

Calculator-like device with alphanumeric key-pad and a screen capable of showing 2 lines of text

Description: The translator is a user-friendly, pocket-size item (4 ¼” x 2 ¾” x 5/8” in size and weighs 3.5 oz) that provides users with 210,000 translations and 5000 phrases. The latter are translated to and from English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian to assist travelers. The words are categorized into five domains: doing business, travel & directions, eating & drinking, shopping, hotel, and emergencies. Translations of the words are accessible even when words are misspelled. The item also has other feathers such as local/world clock, calculator, currency/metric converter, EURO converter functions, spell checking, and games. It has an automatic shutdown feature to save battery power.

Franklin Elementary Spelling Ace

Company: Franklin Electronic Publishers
Tel #: 1-888-274-0680
Catalog #: ES-90
Price: $32.00
Functional Domain: learning disabilities

Calculator-like device with alphabetic keyboard and LCD readout

Description: This hand held electronic dictionary is a tool for elementary students with learning disabilities. Students can type in words they cannot spell and the program will correct them.

Franklin Language Master

Company: Franklin Electronic Publishers
Tel #: 1-888-274-0680
Catalog #: LM6000SE-1
Price: $450.00
Functional Domain: learning disabilities

Calculator-like device with alphabetic keyboard and LCD readout

Description: This device has variety of functions. It mainly provides assistance on reading and writing activities. Students with reading difficulties can enter a confusing or unfamiliar word and the device can perform a variety of functions: provide correction list, read the word aloud, define the word, and provide synonyms. Click HERE to see a demonstration of this device.

Franklin Spanish Master

Company: Franklin Electronic Publishers
Tel #: 1-888-274-0680
Catalog #: DBE-640
Price: $24.95
Function Domain: Learning Disability

Calculator-like device with alphabetic keyboard and LCD readout

Description: This device mainly helps bilingual students who use both Spanish and English. It can offer a variety of functions such as translating, words definition, correcting misspellings of both Spanish and English.

Inspiration

Company: Inspiration Software, Inc.
Tel #: 1-800-877-4292
Price: $69.00
Function Domain: Learning Disabilities

Inspiration Software Box: The premier tool to develop ideas and organize thinking

Description: Inspiration is a visual learning tool that inspires students to develop ideas and organize thinking. Inspiration's integrated diagramming and outlining views work together to help students comprehend concepts and information. The Diagram view makes creating and modifying concept maps, webs, idea maps and other graphical organizers easy. An intuitive interface keeps students' focus on their ideas, not the drawing process. In the powerful Outline view, students can quickly prioritize and rearrange ideas, helping them create clear, concise essays, reports and more.

Intellitalk II

Company: IntelliTools, Inc
Tel #: 1-888-285-9988
Catalog #:10529
Price: $ 139.95
Function Domains: Learning Disabilities, Bilingual / English as a Second Language

IntelliTalk 2 Software Box

Description: IntelliTalk 2 is a talking word processor that designed for young children, people with learning or visual disabilities, and those who speak English as a second language. Special features in this program include: auditory spell check, pre-designed writing templates, toolbars, hundreds of picture items, and built-in scanning and automatic overlay generation. This software can be used with a standard Apple, PC, and the IntelliKeys keyboard.

Kidspiration

Company: Kidspiration Software, Inc.
Tel #: 1-800-877-3004
Price: $69.00
Function Domain: Learning Disabilities

 

Description: This program helps students use symbols, simple maps, and other visual diagrams to see, organize and develop their ideas. It also can help young readers and writers to organize information, understand concepts and to express their thoughts.

Kid Works 2

Company: Davidson & Associates, Inc.
Tel #: 1-800-556-6141
Function Domain: Learning Disabilities

 

Davidson's Kid Works 2 Software Box: The The creativity kit that writes, paints and talks! For kids of ages.

Description: This program was designed specifically for young children. The program takes an alphabetical approach that encourages children to build early reading skills while they learn key locations. Three activities provide a playful, interactive environment that helps children progress from learning key positions to typing smoothly and accurately.

Merriam-Webster Spanish-English Dictionary

Company: Franklin
1-800-266-5626

Catalog #: BES#-1850

Price: $119.95

Function Domain:
Bilingual/English as a Second Language

Calculator-like device with alphanumeric key-pad and a screen capable of showing 8 lines of text and flip-up lid

Description: Merriam-Webster® (Speaking) Spanish-English Dictionary is a small (5 5/8” x 3 7/8” x 5/8” in size and weighs 6.7 oz) educational tool to facilitate language development in both Spanish and English. It is suitable for all levels of English and Spanish learners. It provides users with Spanish and English translations of 5,000,000 words and phrases as well as grammatical rules for both languages. It is sensitive to the variations in the Spanish language used by speakers in Central and South America. Its new Touch Panel makes it even more user-friendly. Good sound quality provides 600 accurately pronounced travel words spoken with a clear, natural voice. It also provides spelling correction based on the phonetics of the entered word. Learning exercises provide more drill and practice to improve spelling and vocabulary. The item also includes an address book, clock, calculator, and metric converter and can be used as an organizer.

Merriam-Webster Speaking Dictionary & Thesaurus

Company: Franklin
1-800-266-5626

Catalog #: MWS-1840

Price: $79.95

Function Domain:
Vocabulary acquisition, Spelling

Calculator-like device with alphanumeric key-pad and a screen capable of showing 8 lines of text

Description: The Merriam-Webster Speaking Dictionary & Thesaurus is a handy, user friendly learning tool to improve vocabulary acquisition, English grammar, and spelling. The device provides practice opportunities through various entertaining games and crossword puzzles. Its new features, such as phonetic spell correction with auditory feedback and large screen, make it accessible to users with diverse needs.

SOLO

Company:
Don Johnston Incorporated
Tel #:
1-800-999-4660

Price: $785

Function Domain: Learning Disabilities

SOLO  Software Box Description: Solo is new software by Don Johnston that integrates several existing software tools such as Co: Writer (word prediction), Draft: Builder (graphic organizer) and Write: OutLoud (talking word processor) with the new Read: OutLoud (text reader). The program is designed to increase students’ reading comprehension and writing skills. Solo promotes students’ development in reading comprehension, vocabulary development, and in various components of writing such as planning, organizing, drafting, revising, and editing. Solo also provides new features for teachers, such as individualizing instruction for diverse student populations and analyzing student progress through graphs, charts, and other forms. 

Speaking Language Master (LM-6000B)

Company: Franklin

Tel #:
1-800-266-5626

Price: $129.95

Function Domain:
Learning Disabilities

Calculator-like device with alphanumeric key-pad and a screen capable of showing 8 lines of text and menu

Description: Speaking Language Master is a large screen educational tool that allows several users to play various language games together. It contains 130,000 words, 300,000 definitions, and over 500,000 synonyms to facilitate vocabulary development. It also includes a Grammar Guide and phonetic spell check. Drill and practice opportunities are provided through 12 word games. The help menu provides efficient navigation. The device also includes a headphone jack, automatic shutoff, volume control, and low battery.

StartWrite

Company: IdeaMaker, Inc.
Tel #: 1-888-974-8322
Price: $ 39.95
Function Domain: Learning Disabilities

 

Description: StartWrite is a software program is designed to help kindergarten through 2nd graders improve their handwriting. Users type letters, words, numbers, etc on the page. The letters appear on the screen in a dot format on the triple-guide line. Students practice their handwriting by tracing over the letters on the printed page. Other uses are to teach beginners about how to begin writing, write a letter to a grandparent, create a scrapbook page, and more.

Story Book Maker Deluxe

Company: Hartley Courseware, Inc.
Tel #: 1-800-999-4660
Price: $
Function Domain: Learning Disabilities

Story Book Maker Deluxe Software Box: Multimedia Story Builder to Expand Young Imaginations

Description: This program is a graphics-based writing tool that lets children tell stories with pictures and words. It provides wide range of writing skills from brainstorming to creating stories.

My Words

Company: Hartley Courseware, Inc.
Tel #: 1-800-999-4660
Price: $
Function Domain: Learning Disabilities

My Words Software Box

Description: This software program is a writing tool for children and adults who are just leaning how to read or write. The program makes it possible for learners with very limited reading, spelling, or writing ability to create stories, letters and other written material without continuous assistance.

Write: Outloud

Company: Don Johnston, Inc.
Tel #: 1-800-999-4660
Catalog #: R80
Price: $99.00
Function Domain: Learning Disabilities

Wite Outloud Software Box: New Version! The Easy to Use Talking Word Processor that Guarantees Writing Success, All Ages

Description: Write: OutLoud is a word processor that supports the writing process by reading text out loud as students write. It provides sentence and paragraph feedback which connects written and spoken words so students can complete their thoughts independently and write to the main idea. Also, the immediate auditory and visual cues for misspelled words allow students for immediate self-correction. This program can also import and read scanned text from the Internet and CD-ROM files, and give students access to information they might not be able to read.

WYNN

Company: Freedom Scientific

Tel #:
1-888-223-3344
1-800-444-4443

Price: $995
Function Domain: Reading Comprehension

WYNN Software Box

Description:WYNN is a new literacy software tool that is designed to enhance the success of individuals with reading and writing difficulties. WYNN was developed with the help of special educators and individuals with learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, and aphasia.
 

By simultaneously highlighting text as it is spoken, WYNN that benefits readers of all ages, including English Language Learners (ELL), struggling readers, and children with ADD (attention deficit disorder) or ADHD (attention deficit hyperactive disorder).

Please Note:
These lists contains items which can be found in this lab. It should not be considered a comprehensive list of all assistive technology products or that the products listed will meet the needs of an individual. Consultation with an assistive technology specialist should be considered prior to the purchase of any product.