I am an education graduate student with dysgraphia. What assistive technologies do you suggest to meet my needs?
Dysgraphia can create various problems in writing skills, ranging from poor handwriting to difficulty in organizing and sequencing information. Without knowing your specific needs, it would be difficult to recommend an assistive technology (AT) tool for you. However, there is a wide range of AT tools available to help students who struggle with writing:
- Word prediction tools can support spelling or word choice
- Voice recognition programs allow a user to dictate writing to the computer and then edit and make corrections via voice or keyboard
- Spell and grammar checkers are commonly used to support word processing
- Concept mapping and outlining tools can support organization and brainstorming
- Reference manager tools can support and organize research organization
Some of these tools can help you circumvent the actual physical task of writing, while others can facilitate proper spelling, punctuation, grammar, word usage, and organization. The key is to select the AT that works for you. Using Assistive Technology to Support Writing might help you focus on the particular aspects with which you need technology support. As a graduate student, you could consult the Office of Disabled Student Services (or its equivalent) on campus and ask to try out some of these tools.