Evaluation of the Benefits of Assistive Reading Software: Perceptions of High School Students with Learning Disabilities
Assistive Technology Volume 23, Number 4, ISSN 1040-0435
Using assistive reading software may be a cost-effective way to increase the opportunity for independent learning in students with learning disabilities. However, the effectiveness and perception of assistive reading software has seldom been explored in English-as-a-second language students with learning disabilities. This research was designed to explore the perception and effect of using assistive reading software in high school students with dyslexia (one subtype of learning disability) to improve their English reading and other school performance. The Kurzweil 3000 software was used as the intervention tool in this study. Fifteen students with learning disabilities were recruited, and instruction in the usage of the Kurzweil 3000 was given. Then after 2 weeks, when they were familiarized with the use of Kurzweil 3000, interviews were used to determine the perception and potential benefit of using the software. The results suggested that the Kurzweil 3000 had an immediate impact on students' English word recognition. The students reported that the software made reading, writing, spelling, and pronouncing easier. They also comprehended more during their English class. Further study is needed to determine under which conditions certain hardware/software might be helpful for individuals with special learning needs. (Contains 1 table.)
Chiang, H.Y. & Liu, C.H. (2011). Evaluation of the Benefits of Assistive Reading Software: Perceptions of High School Students with Learning Disabilities. Assistive Technology, 23(4), 199-204.