Open Dyslexic Font is an open source font designed for dyslexic readers. The font is designed to appear "weighted" in an attempt to keep the eyes and mind from flipping letters around. You can download the font for free for use with any word processing program. There are also apps and browser extensions to enable use with websites and portable devices. There does not seem to be any research on whether or not the font works, but it might be one more thing to add to your Assistive Technology Toolbox. You can find more information and download the font at dyslexicfonts.com.
Need help finding an app for a student with autism? This graphic was designed to help determine the needs of the student and provide suggestions based on common learning characteristics. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list, just a starting point. It is also a reminder that when looking for educational apps, it is important to look outside of apps tagged as educational or specific to autism. There are many apps that will fit the needs of the student that fall into other categories. Here is the link:
Have you every been writing an IEP and trying to figure out the best reading accommodation for a student? Maybe you have too many students with paraprofessionals reading passages or instructions to them. If either of these scenarios are the case, then PAR may be the answer. PAR stands for the Protocol for Accommodations in Reading. PAR is free and can be used with any device. According to Don Johnston's website,
PAR was developed in collaboration with Denise DeCoste, author of the widely embraced Assistive Technology Assessment: Developing a Writing Productivity Profile and Linda Bastiani Wilson. Their desire was to create a repeatable and systematic assessment process that would not only provide concrete documentation you can use for IEP meetings, but also outline evidence-based practices you can use to make decisions about selecting a suitable reading accommodation for a student being considered.
There is also a free webinar that will show you how to use it. All of this information can be found on Don Johnson's website at www.donjohnston.com/products/par/.