2018 MCEC Conference

Classroom Accommodations for Students with Dyslexia

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Who: Dr. Julia VanderMolen, CHES, Google Educator I and II, ATP Candidate
Assistant Professor-Public Health, Grand Valley State University
When: March 1st, 2018
Where: Grand Rapids, MI

Session Presentation: Thursday 9:25 AM to 10:25 AM


For students with dyslexia, reading and writing can be challenging. This session will focus on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and how assistive technology (AT) can assist teachers to create an inclusive classroom for all students, including those with dyslexia. The session will review the categories of AT that dyslexic students can use to reach academic success and will address myths about dyslexia and AT.

Session Objectives

  • Participants will be able to define UDL and AT
  • Participants will brainstorm classroom accommodations
  • Participants will learn about various assistive technologies to help students with dyslexia.

Session Presentation


  • Typ-O HD - Allows individuals with dyslexia to write using word prediction, spelling correction, and speech recognition. PAID
  • Draftback - Step through a play back of the revision history of one of your Google documents. FREE
  • Multi-highlight - Highlight multiple words and color-code similar words all on the same page. FREE
  • Citelighter - Annotate, record, and track various sentences and passages from multiple websites into one place. FREEMIUM
  • OpenOffice - Edit documents, presentations, and spreadsheets with this free, desktop-based, open-source alternative to Microsoft Office. FREE
  • Speechnotes -Speechnotes is a powerful speech-enabled online notepad, designed to empower your ideas by implementing a clean & efficient design. This is one of my favorites.FREE


Draffan, E. A., Evans, D. G., & Blenkhorn, P. (2007). Use of assistive technology by students with dyslexia in post-secondary education. Disability & Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 2(2), 105-116. doi:10.1080/17483100601178492
Madeira, J., Silva, C., Marcelino, L., & Ferreira, P. (2015). Assistive mobile applications for dyslexia. Procedia Computer Science, 64, 417-424. doi:10.1016/j.procs.2015.08.535
Schmitt, A. J., McCallum, E., Hennessey, J., Lovelace, T., & Hawkins, R. O. (2012). Use of reading pen assistive technology to accommodate post-secondary students with reading disabilities. Assistive Technology, 24(4), 229-239. doi:10.1080/10400435.2012.659956
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