Writing With Dyslexia
Writing With Dyslexia
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5 Must-Have Assistive Technology Tools and Software for Writing With Dyslexia

Dyslexic students and content creators are the perfect examples of not letting your struggles get in the way of doing what you love. And, if you’re one of the millions of people with Dyslexia that struggles with the entire writing process, then you aren’t alone.

Like other neurological disorders, Dyslexic people struggle with executive function skills, especially trouble with spelling, writing, active reading, and understanding the relationships between letters and sounds. Often, this results in poor handwriting and in many cases, can cause students to drop grades.

So here are 5 of the best writing tools for people with dyslexia. From our experience, these online resources all make the process of writing with dyslexia as stress-free as possible.

Why are Assistive Technology Writing Tools Helpful?

It’s true that in today’s society, grammatical errors aren’t the taboo they once were, especially on social media. It’s still frowned upon in more formal settings, such as in the school classroom, as well as writing assignments and legal documents.

If you’re one of the many dyslexic students reading at school, poor readability may cause your grades to drop through no fault of your own. If you’re an online content creator (like us), it can affect page quality, the reading experience, and thus how you rank on Google.

Imagine a paramedic trying to save a patient. Sometimes knowing how to do CPR is enough. But other times, the paramedic needs a defibrillator. Not only that, while defibrillators come with instructions for anyone to use in an emergency, the paramedic knows how to use it as quickly as possible.

In that way, assistive writing tools like a speech recognition app or writing tools work the same way. They can help you maximize your full potential as someone with great ideas but struggles with comprehension and spelling. But you still need to know how to use these amazing tools to get the best results.

1. Grammarly – Most Functions for Improving Reading and Writing

Grammarly is the most well-known of all the assistive technologies on this list. In the world of proofreading and content editing software, it’s become a household name as a brilliant learning ally for anyone. It’s even available on most mobile phones these days in the form of a keyboard.

An excellent place to start is with the free version. The free version has everything you need to create clean, accurate documents for school, work, or anything else that requires writing.

dyslexic students reading at a computer

Three dyslexic students reading and pointing at a computer screen

The premium version is the most expensive of these brilliant tools but also offers many features that help improve reading and writing abilities in students with Dyslexia:

  • Advanced Grammar Checker
  • Plagiarism Checker
  • Style and Tone of Voice Checker
  • Readability Checker

Grammarly is a great option for grammar checking and contextual spelling. In no time you’ll be making sure your writing experience is readable and error-free. It also provides scoring for reading speed of the average reader, as well as a guide to the reading level of the article.

What’s more, there’s a dedicated Android app that allows you to use Grammarly as a Google keyboard on Android devices. The web app also integrates with Google Docs and Google Drive too via a Google Chrome extension. That way you can write in Google Docs without having to hop in and out of the web app itself!

2. Outranking – Best for Writing Long-Form Content

Outranking.io is an AI content generation tool that helps you write articles faster. Artificial Intelligence is becoming the new assistive technology and learning ally in that it compiles a list of research for you to turn into an article, so you don’t need to spend hours searching on Google either struggling to read everything!

I’ve been using it for a while now, and it’s doubled my productivity. The fact it writes content for you isn’t cheating, because you’re still telling it what you want to write. It’s a bit like text-to-speech in that respect that converts voice notes via a speech tool.

Most AI content tools ask you to fill a thousand forms in, but not Outranking. All you have to do is input your keywords and press enter. You’ll be amazed how quickly it generates entire sentences and, if needed, can re-phrase wordy sentences. It really is that simple!

Of course, there’s more to it than that. A racecar is only as fast as the driver behind the wheel. So you do need to guide it in the right direction. And no assistive technology will replace the complexities and creativity that comes from a human mind. You still need to give your writing the human touch when editing to give it personality.

But for those who struggle with the writing and comprehension elements of content creating, Outranking.io will get you well on your way to success!

3. ProWritingAid – Great for Spelling and Tone of Voice

ProWritingAid is an all-in-one solution similar to Grammarly. ProWritingAid is a writing and grammar checker for Microsoft Word. It works well with other research and publishing tools, making it so powerful that you can use it every day to make sure your spelling is always correct.

ProWritingAid takes the difficulty out of proofreading: it will automatically catch all spelling errors, grammatical errors, and repetitions. You’ll be able to concentrate on stylistic aspects of your work while ProWritingAid deals with the nuts-and-bolts stuff!

Couple this with your preferred speech technology software for speech recognition and you’re winning. It’s perfect for anyone who’d rather stay away from AI-generated content and prefers to write the more traditional way, at least when it comes to integrating with existing speech-to-text software!

Sign up to ProWritingAid for free here!

4. Linguix – Best for Dyslexic Students Learning the English Language

Linguix is the newest all-in-one on this list. At the time of writing, it’s not great for UK English, and you can tell it’s designed for non-native English speakers as some of the suggestions don’t flow as well as Grammarly. That said, it does also have Google Docs and Google Drive integration via a Chrome extension, like Grammarly, and the ability to work on your mobile device by a dedicated Linguix app.

Linguix has some great learning tools for any non-native Dyslexic students reading and writing, learning letters, and spell check of the English Language. The documents are written in simple English, which is excellent. But that said, if you’re having difficulties with transcription, don’t be afraid to use specialist transcription software or dyslexic readers to improve your transcription accuracy.

If you value your privacy and don’t want your editing stored online, Linguix has a “secret mode” where you can check your text without storing it on their servers. This is great for anyone needing that extra peace of mind since online tools such as Grammarly store your documents on their servers when you import them into the program.

But despite its teething issues, it’s brilliant. With a built-in plagiarism checker on the roadmap, we’re expecting this to take off in the future, so we’ve bought in for our writers! You can sign up for Linguix here.

5. Copyscape – Best Plagiarism Checker for Online Writing

Copyscape is a plagiarism detection service. It helps you catch instances where you may have accidentally used someone else’s work. This is an essential issue for any writer. Still, for many dyslexic students reading and writing will always be a struggle, so it can prevent any unwanted stress down the line.

Copyscape finds very copy of your document on the internet and then compare it to your original document line-by-line for any text that matches, making it great for students with Dyslexia who struggle with comprehension.

As a bonus, Copyscape’s search engine brings up results from both paid and free pages. So, if you are using the cost-free version of Grammarly, then Copyscape is a good companion.

It allows you to find plagiarized text within the results, which can then be automatically cited using a special “cite this page” link.

Copyscape’s Premium feature is our preferred choice. It costs 0.01c per 100 words (+ 0.01c processing fee), which is a no-brainer to avoid getting yourself into trouble with the plagiarism police!

Difficulties With Writing

Whether you are one of the millions of dyslexic students or a dyslexic professional, writing is stressful and challenging at the best of times. And, though work and school are getting better at providing assistive technology tools for people with disabilities, we are far from where we need to be.

But having confidence in these affordable writing tools opens up a world of new writing strategies and gives you the strength to create new visionary content. You’ll find in no time your writing skills aren’t hindering you, but putting you on a level playing field that frees up your mind to do what you do best.

Keep clicking for tons of tech tips for the 21st century classroom and learn more about the struggles of being a neurodivergent student!

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30-Something Millennial with ADHD and suspected Autistic and Dyspraxic. Thought leader behind this website. Big visions of a better future for everyone, but forgets where he is half the time.Loves Rugby, his kids, and anything silly. Hates U2 and Marmite.

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