Deciphering Dyslexia: The Paradox of the Differently-Wired Brain

By Daria Costello Dyslexia has long been a generic term, even a terminological catch-all, encompassing a range of classifications, symptoms, and diagnoses. It’s remarkable how much disparity there is in understanding dyslexia and its causes and treatments, despite having been first identified and labeled by doctors in Europe over a century ago.[i] Generally recognized at its […]

Best Adjustable Slant Boards For Writing: Penmanship Shouldn’t Be A Pain In The Neck

If you write for extended periods of time and find yourself with aches and pains as a result, you may benefit from an adjustable slant board for writing. Helping you achieve better posture while you work, reducing strain on your eyes and minimizing cramping in hands or are all benefits to a slanted board for […]

Review Of The Penpower Junior

Penpower Junior is the Chinese expert software that helps you learn Mandarin from a variety of sources including Chinese websites, newspapers, books, magazines and more. Penpower combines learning through award-winning technologies in phrase segmentation, speech recognition, text to speech software and handwriting analysis to give you the very best chances of learning and understanding Mandarin […]

Best Weighted Pens For Tremors: Let’s Get You Writing Again!

The use of our muscles is something that many of us take for granted. For those afflicted with Parkinson’s Disease or other neurological or physical ailments that cause loss of muscle control and motor functions, finding a way to ease those impacts is invaluable. For many, the use of a weighted pen has proven to […]

Living with Parkinson’s Disease: Review of Three Assistive Tools

By Daria Costello My grandmother came to live with my family when I was in high school, a few years after my grandfather died. Shortly after that, she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, and spent the next several years dealing with increasingly incapacitating tremors, stiffness, and muscle weakness throughout her body. Though her mind remained […]

Learning Disabilities in 2018: Diagnosis, Assistive Technology, and Website Accessibility

Learning disabilities (LDs) have different names in different countries, but they all refer to a person’s problems with assimilating, processing and/or reproducing learning content in a typical manner. For the purposes of this article, we will focus on the American definition and diagnosis. According to the Learning Disabilities Association of America, a learning disability is […]

Top Six Pen Scanners to Take You From Primers to Proust

Imagine a highlighter pen that not only underscores critical information, but also captures important text and digitally transmits it to your computer instantaneously, sort of like an advanced “cut and paste” function. That tool actually exists! It’s called a digital scanner pen, and uses a technology called optical character recognition (OCR) to digitize printed text […]

I Write, Therefore I Am: Assistive Technology Bridges The Handwriting Gap

As technology advances, there is help available for those suffering from impairments related to writing. Dyslexia, for example, creates problems for young people learning to write. When others can’t understand what they express with pencil and paper, their broader educational interests may be stifled.  In the context of social communication, writing is even more important […]