With the rising awareness of dyslexia in the workforce, more and more companies are looking for ways to support their dyslexic employees. While accommodations such as extra time for reading or writing can be made at the workplace, some great apps can help dyslexic employees stay more productive at work without strain. Here are five examples of good apps for dyslexic employees at work:
This app is excellent for dyslexic employees who have to do a lot of reading and writing as part of their job. To use Dragon Dictate, you speak into your device, and the app will transcribe what you say. You don’t have to worry about a misspelt word or think of the right word to write on a paper. With Dragon Dictate, you can naturally talk as you would in a conversation, and the app will do the heavy lifting. Watching this app in action, you’ll notice how quickly and easily it can keep up with your words per second. The outcome is a strikingly accurate and well-written text that can be emailed or shared with others. But that’s not all. Dragon dictate can vocalise your text, so you don’t have to worry about reading the words in the text. You simply hit the “play” button to have your text read back to you. This feature can be a lifesaver for dyslexic employees working on a project with a lot of reading involved – perhaps as a secretary or an analyst. You only need a good-quality microphone to start Dragon Dictate.
- Eliminates the need to write manually
- increases productivity
- reduces stress
- includes voice-over for reading
The Spell Aid app is designed to help with spelling words correctly. It’s an excellent tool for dyslexic employees who want to avoid embarrassing mistakes in their emails or reports. To use Spell Aid, you simply type in the word you wish to confirm the spelling, and the app will give you a list of suggested spellings. You can select the speaker icon to hear the word’s correct pronunciation. You can then add the word to your dictionary to easily reference it in the future. But that’s not everything. The app also includes a font converter so you can change the font of your text to make it more readable. This feature can be excellent accommodation for dyslexic employees who have trouble reading standard fonts. The app also includes synonyms, examples of sentences and images where applicable. With Spell Aid, you can be confident that you’re using the right word in the proper context.
- Spelling assistance
- Pronunciation guide
- Font converter
- Personal dictionary
- Sentence examples
This one is a bit more sophisticated. The Kurzweil 300 is an app that can scan printed text and convert it into a text and audible file. Isn’t that amazing? It’s perfect for an excellent tool for dyslexic employees who may have difficulty reading printed text. All that is required is to hold your device over a piece of paper, and the app will scan the text and convert it into a digital file. Later, you can have the text read back to you or translate it into another language. And if you need to, you can adjust the reading speed or pitch, the font size, and even organise the notes in a folder. You can also export the file as an MP3 or WAV so you can listen to it on your computer or mobile device. The Kurzweil 300 is undoubtedly a powerful tool that can assist dyslexic employees in their work. And one extra thing, the app also includes a dictionary and thesaurus to quickly look up words and auto-correct miswritten words.
- Scans of printed text
- Converts to digital file
- Reads aloud
- Translates into another language
- Adjusts reading speed or pitch
- Exports as an MP3 or WAV
This app is excellent for dyslexic employees who want assistance with reading and writing. The app includes a wide range of features to assist with both tasks. For example, the app can read text aloud so you can follow along while working. You can also highlight words and select the dictionary icon to hear the word’s pronunciation and meaning. This feature can be a great way to learn new vocabulary words. The mind-blowing part is that the app can provide visual representations of words to assist understanding. Isn’t that amazing? And if you’re speaking a different language, the app dictionary can translate the text into your native language and vocalise it. And of course, the app also includes an auto-writing tool where you simply speak and the app types out what you’re saying. Overall, the Text help read and write app is an excellent tool for dyslexic employees who want assistance.
- Reads text aloud
- Highlights words
- Dictionary with pronunciation guide
- Visual representations of words
- Auto writing and spelling checker
This app is perfect for dyslexic employees who receive many emails or other text documents. The app makes reading easier by breaking down the text into manageable chunks. You can adjust the text’s size, spacing and colour to find the best setting. Plus, you can have the app read the text aloud to follow along while you’re working. And if you come across a foreign word, you can quickly look up the definition in the built-in dictionary. Overall, the Omoguru app is an excellent tool for dyslexic employees who want assistance with reading texts.
- Adjustable text size, spacing and colour
- Reads aloud
- Built-in dictionary
These are just five available apps to assist dyslexic employees in their work. With so many options, there’s sure to be an app that meets your specific needs. So don’t hesitate to explore the app store and find the perfect tool for you. Dyslexia doesn’t have to be a hindrance in your work life; with the right tools, you can succeed in any field.