Learning Disabilities in 2019: 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 […]

All about writing disabilities and dysgraphia: The truth about scrawling and scribbling

Humankind underwent an unimaginable transformation in the last millennium. The Science Museum of London, England estimates that we communicated using language as much as 100,000 years ago. Historians posit that prior to the development of language, humans communicated through writing. Yet, many brilliant people over the centuries with dysgraphia and writing disabilities prospered, succeeded, and showed […]

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 […]

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 […]

Review of Ectaco C-pen Handheld Scanner Tool: 238 languages recognized!

The Ectaco C-Pen is a multilingual handheld OCR Scanner Pen that replaces fixed desktop scanners and makes your life infinitely easier. Scan over 238 languages from foreign books, documents or articles straight to your computer. Phonetic pronunciation of phrases or entire paragraphs helps you speed up your translation of simplified Chinese, Italian, Latin and many […]

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 […]

Review of the Montblanc UNICEF Meisterstück: The Gift of Writing

Elegance with a purpose.  Since 2004, the Montblanc UNICEF has been a top selling pen for those with relatively deep pockets who care about those in need with shallow pockets. Since the two partnered, they’ve raised over 10 million dollars for UNICEF. The latest addition to this series is the 2017 Montblanc pen collection titled “The […]

12 apps to help you banish writer’s block

Writer’s block has been documented for many centuries, but the term itself was first described in 1947 by psychoanalyst Edmund Bergler. Writer’s block is a common phenomenon characterized by the inability to produce new work or come up with original ideas. If you’ve ever experienced writer’s block you know how frustrating it is staring at a […]

Penmanship: Keeping a Dying Art Alive in a Digital Age

In an age where computers, tablets and mobile phones are quickly replacing pens and pencils, the discussion about whether handwriting and cursive especially, is still relevant and necessary is steadily becoming louder. You, like many others, might be wondering whether there is anyone out there still practicing penmanship or “the art of writing by hand”. […]

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 […]