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The American Library Association's Roads to Learning project has compiled a list of the "Top 20 LD Resources for Libraries."

The American Library Association, Office for Literacy and Outreach Services, Libraries Serving Special Populations Section, has a number of committees, forums and discussion groups dealing with particular special populations of library users, including people with dyslexia.

Wisconsin Dyslexia Institute, Inc./ Dyslexia Association of America
139 N. Main St., #107
P.O. Box 682
West Bend, WI 53095
Phone: 414-334-8005
Phone: 888-334-8005
[no website as of October 2002]

Wisconsin Dyslexia Institute:
Milwaukee Center
350 W. Green Tree Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53217
Phone: 414-540-6795
[no website as of October 2002]

CHADD: Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder--a very useful site, with numerous links to other organizations, fact sheets, together with selected articles and interviews from current and past issues of "Attention Magazine."

Child Development Institute: news and resources about learning disabilities, ADHD and dyslexia.

Don Johnston Incorporated sells software and other products for people with reading and writing disabilities and difficulties.

Dyslexia Teacher covers educational issues, print and web resources, teaching methods, news and much more, from an international English-language perspective.

iANSYST (Cambridge, England) has a broad selection of software for dyslexic learners: voice synthesis, voice recognition, scanners, OCR, electronic dictionaries and other software.

International Dyslexia Association (formerly Orton Dyslexia Society): the oldest dyslexia organization; well-researched descriptions of dyslexia, lists of local branches and an extensive guide to adaptive technology for people with dyslexia.

The Irlen Institute offers information about Irlen Syndrome/Scotopic Sensitivity, a type of visual perception problem.

LD Online: The Interactive Guide to Learning Disabilities for Parents, Teachers, and Children; sponsored by the Learning Disabilities Project at WETA (Washington, D.C.); besides links to resources, an online newsletter, RealAudio clips from talks by experts and bulletin boards, it has much information, drawn from leading authorities, on all aspects of learning disabilities.

Landmark College (Putney, VT) describes itself as "the only fully accredited college in the country designed exclusively for students with dyslexia, attention-deficit disorder, or specific learning disabilities." The Library site has an excellent selection of resources on learning disabilities/ADHD.

LD Resources: Resources for People with Learning Disabilities: slant is more personal and practical than theoretical and academic, and refreshing for that reason; it archives back issues of "The LD Reader," an e-mail newsletter.

Learning Disabilities Association: news bulletins, fact sheets, links to resources, educational issues and guidance.

National Center for Learning Disabilities: resource guides and web links; the FAQs on learning disabilities and navigating the special education maze are especially valuable.

National Center to Improve the Tools of Educators (NCITE): "Learning to Read/Reading to Learn Campaign: Helping Children with Learning Disabilities to Succeed": information kit and tips for parents and educators to help children with learning disabilities to read and appreciate books.

Parents and Educators Resource Center (PERC)/Schwab Foundation for Learning: searchable database of resources, back issues of "LD Matters," a magazine for parents and educators and "Assistive Technology Guide for Children with Learning Difficulties." A second edition of the "Guide" is available online or can be downloaded.

Roads to Learning: The Public Libraries' Learning Disabilities Initiative: created by the American Library Association; extensive links to organizations, web resources, listserves and news about learning disabilities.

"Teens Helping Teens: A web page designed by dyslexic teens--to help teens."

Examples of computer software designed to help dyslexic readers:

Aurora: program offers spelling assistance, homophone differentiation, word prediction, text-to-speech, grammar help.

BrightEye Technology produces a "scan-and-listen learning system" using a scanning wand, computer, OCR and speech synthesizer to read out loud any printed text.

KeyStone 99 provides spell checking, text-to-speech, word completion and suggestion and screen magnification; it works with the most popular voice recognition programs.

Proportional Reading: computer-assisted reading, to increase speed and comprehension by those with a variety of print disabilities.

textHelp produces several very reasonably priced programs for people with dyslexia, including ScreenReader, which reads text in any Windows application; it can read selected text or a whole file, highlighting the text as it is read. A downloadable version of ScreenReader is only $34.95.

WordAloud will read material from a diskette, the web, a scanner or word processor. It displays text and reads it aloud with its own voice synthesizer.

Several manufacturers of reading machines for the blind have produced specially adapted versions for use by people with dyslexia, in most cases enhancing the reader's control over onscreen text highlighting, fonts and colors of the display, and speed and pitch of the reading voice:

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