Free Tools for Specific Learning Disabilities
There are many commercial programs which can help overcome Specific Learning Disabilities (SDL). But they can be expensive and students may not use them resulting in very expensive shelf ware. There are also a number of free and some open source programs which can meet the needs of the person with specific learning disabilities. Often, the person with a specific learning disability may not need all the bells and whistles of the commercial programs. These programs might be all they need to begin their leaning process. It also gives the instructor an idea if a particular feature might help with a specific problem without having to invest in an expensive program. While it might be “Try Before You Buy”, the free software program might also be the solution to the student's specific problem. These programs are meant for the secondary, post-secondary and adult population. All of the programs are Windows-based.
Mr. Sapp is the Training and Technology Specialist for Touch The Future, a non-profit located in Georgia and South Carolina. Touch The Future is a community based ATRC providing assessments, assistive technology and training for seniors, veterans and the disabled. Touch The Future’s Reboot™ Division refurbishes computers and adds assistive technology as necessary. Mr. Sapp has been an instructor for Computers and Microsoft Office since the early days of computers. He retired from the federal government as a statistician. He currently works with a full range of disabilities from low vision, mobility and learning disabilities. He has presented at ATIA, LDA and numerous parent and teacher groups.