Assistive Technology: Grammarly

Assistive Technology: Grammarly

What is Assistive Technology? 

Assistive technology (AT) is any device, software, or equipment that is used to maintain or improve the functional capabilities of a person with a disability, including a learning difference. Technologies include hardware, or physical technologies that are kept on-site at our AT Studio, and software, or technology available via a computer that can potentially be used from home. To learn more about why and how LDS uses AT, head to our AT webpage.

What does Grammarly do?

Grammarly is a software tool that offers real-time writing assistance on all your devices. Grammarly will make spelling and grammar suggestions as you type and can suggest improvements to your tone, voice, word choices, and more, while offering justification for its feedback so you can learn to improve your writing long term. The best part is that it’s available for all; it can be used as a browser extension, desktop app, online editor, Microsoft Office add-in, iPad app, and mobile keyboard, and can be used for academic or business writing. Once Grammarly is connected, simply use your device as normal and watch as Grammarly corrects your spelling and grammar and offers suggestions to improve your writing. 

Grammarly features:

  • Tone detector can help your writing sound just the way you want.  
  • Conciseness suggestions tighten loose phrasing and make sentences easy to follow. 
  • Spelling, grammar, and punctuation suggestions eliminate errors. Clarity-focused sentence rewrites will automatically rephrase hard-to-read sentences. 
  • Engagement and fluency suggestions enhance your vocabulary and word choice. 

How can my child access Grammarly?

Our RISE Assistive Technology Studio is supported by our thoughtful and generous LDS technology sponsors, including Grammarly. Like all our assistive software tools, LDS offers Grammarly to our students and their families for use in lessons, in school, and at home. To claim your free copy of Grammarly, please email our AT Manager at AT@ldsociety.ca. You can also request an LDS assistive software virtual tour to get an in-depth introduction to our assistive software suite.  

We offer Grammarly as part of our AT Studio, a space dedicated to the collaborative use of leadingedge AT to help our students with learning differences. To learn more about how your child can benefit, email our AT Manager at AT@ldsociety.ca.

    —Rie 

    _________________ 

    Rie Stadnichuk (she/her) is the Digital Communications Specialist at LDS. A recent graduate from Simon Fraser University with a Communications and Economics degree, she hopes to use this opportunity as a way of exploring meaningful work in the field. She is passionate about social issues and creating environments of inclusivity and open dialogue. Rie graciously lives and works on the unceded territory of the Syilx people. 

    Assistive Technology: Texthelp Read&Write

    Assistive Technology: Texthelp Read&Write

    What is Assistive Technology? 

    Assistive technology (AT) is any device, software, or equipment that is used to maintain or improve the functional capabilities of a person with a disability, including a learning difference. Technologies include hardware, or physical technologies that are kept on-site at our AT Studio, and software, or technology available via a computer that can potentially be used from home. To learn more about why and how LDS uses AT, head to our AT webpage.

    What does Read&Write do?

    Read&Write is a software toolbar that offers a range of literacy support features to help students create and engage with content across all grade levels and subjects, allowing them to optimize their learning styles to meet their full potential. Easily downloaded and accessible on multiple different devices and operating systems, Read&Write can make reading and writing easier for our students.  

    Read&Write features:

    • Text-to-speech reads words, passages, or whole documents aloud with easy-to-follow dual colour highlighting. 
    • Text and picture dictionaries provide definitions and display images to help with word comprehension. 
    • Vocabulary List creates a list of selected words and provides the dictionary and picture definitions for them along with an editable Notes column.
    • Prediction presents a list of predicted words based on the letters already typed and on the context of the sentence. 

      How can my child access Read&Write?

      Our RISE Assistive Technology Studio is supported by our thoughtful and generous LDS technology sponsors, including Texthelp. Like all our assistive software tools, LDS offers Read&Write to our students and their families for use in lessons, in school, and at home. To claim your free copy of Read&Write, please email our AT Manager at AT@ldsociety.ca. You can also request an LDS assistive software virtual tour to get an in-depth introduction to our assistive software suite.  

      We offer the Read&Write as part of our AT Studio, a space dedicated to leading-edge assistive technology and the collaborative use of it to help our students with learning differences. To learn more about how your child can benefit, email our AT Manager at AT@ldsociety.ca [Link to email] 

        —Rie 

        _________________ 

        Rie Stadnichuk (she/her) is the Digital Communications Specialist at LDS. A recent graduate from Simon Fraser University with a Communications and Economics degree, she hopes to use this opportunity as a way of exploring meaningful work in the field. She is passionate about social issues and creating environments of inclusivity and open dialogue. Rie graciously lives and works on the unceded territory of the Syilx people. 

        Assistive Technology: Lexilife’s Lexilight

        Assistive Technology: Lexilife’s Lexilight

        What is Assistive Technology? 

        Assistive technology (AT) is any device, software, or equipment that is used to maintain or improve the functional capabilities of a person with a disability, including a learning difference. Technologies include hardware, or physical technologies that are kept on-site at our AT Studio, and software, or technology available via a computer that can potentially be used from home. To learn more about why and how LDS uses AT, head to our AT webpage.

        What does the Lexilight do?

        Lexilight is a reading-aid desk lamp that can significantly reduce symptoms of dyslexia when reading printed texts. Dyslexia is a common learning difference that affects the brain’s ability to process language. Those affected have normal intelligence but have challenges identifying speech sounds and relating letters and words.

        Our in-person students affected by dyslexia can use the Lexilight in their lessons to improve their comprehension and comfort while reading. Innovative lighting technology combines both pulsated and modulated light to reduce the impact of dyslexia for many readers, allowing them to read faster, longer and with less eye strain. 

        Lexilight features:

        • Adjustable dials on the rear of the lamp allow you to control the pulsation and modulation of the light that reduces the mirroring effect many children with dyslexia experience.  
        • Dual function Classic light and Lexilight modes. 
        • High quality LED lights for improved colour rendering and lightwave settings for better contrast

        How can my child access the Lexilight?

        We offer the Lexilight as part of our AT Studio, a space dedicated to leading-edge AT technology and the collaborative use of it to help our students with learning differences. To learn more about how your child can benefit, email our AT Manager at AT@ldsociety.ca [Link to email] 

          —Rie 

          _________________ 

          Rie Stadnichuk (she/her) is the Digital Communications Specialist at LDS. Currently studying Communications and Economics at Simon Fraser University, she hopes to use this opportunity as a way of exploring meaningful work in the field. She is passionate about social issues and creating environments of inclusivity and open dialogue. Rie graciously lives and works on the unceded territory of the Syilx people. 

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