WABIDA - Washington Branch of the International Dyslexia Association

Washington State Branch

Serving: Washington, Idaho and Western Montana



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Spring Conference March 4th 2017 

There's an App for That: Using Technology to Support Students in Reading & Written Expression

Featuring: Dr. David C Winters

We've probably all heard the phrase, "There's an app for that." But does that statement hold true with technology for people with dyslexia or some other kind of print disability? Are there apps for them? During this day-long presentation, we'll answer that question by talking about apps and other technology that assist with reading, writing, and note-taking.

While more information is available today than at any other time in history, much of it is only accessible through the written word. Whether found through books, magazines, letters, emails, text messages, or web sites, this information remains elusive for those who struggle with written text. This struggle happens despite the person's other abilities and strengths that results in a person's potential remaining untapped. Finding ways to tap this potential often frustrates not only the person with dyslexia but also parents, teachers, tutors, clinicians, and others working with the person.

During our time together, we will explore options to enhance a person's potential by considering both instructional and assistive technological devices, apps, and strategies. We'll begin by defining instructional and assistive technology and the technology continuum. We'll learn some important principles to guide us when choosing technology appropriate to each individual.

Following this introduction to technology, we'll focus on reading. We'll first discuss ways that technology can help a person learn to read, whether a child just entering the marvelous world of reading or an older student or adult who has struggled to learn to read. In this discussion, we will consider the essential components to skilled reading and how they can go awry. Then we'll talk about ways that technology can help a person to use reading to learn. By thinking about specific areas of reading difficulty, we'll discuss and see how various devices and apps can support each person's reading.

Because literacy involves both reading and writing, we'll spend the final portion of the day talking about written expression and how technology can support it. We'll look at the components of the writing process and focus on aspects that can be difficult. Then we'll discuss and see how devices and apps can help in each of those areas. We'll end the day by talking about note-taking, which can be especially troublesome.

Date: March 4, 2017

Time: 8:30am - 4:00pm Registration opens at 8:00am

Blackriver Conference Center 

800 Oakesdale Ave SW, Renton, WA 98057

IDA Members $125.00

Non IDA Members $150.00

Vendors $125.00 

About Dr. Winters

Dr. David C. Winters is a professor in the Department of Special Education at Eastern Michigan University. A Fellow in the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE) and an Orton Oak, he has been a classroom teacher, tutor, diagnostician, administrator, and tutor/teacher trainer for over 35 years. Over the past few years he has focused on using technology to support individuals with dyslexia and other learning disabilities. He shares his expertise in Dr. Dave's AT Lab, the quarterly columns in the IDA Examiner online newsletter.

Before moving to Michigan, Dr. Winters was the Executive Clinical Director of the Children's Dyslexia Centers, headquartered in Lexington, Massachusetts. At Eastern Michigan, he currently teaches courses introducing special education to preservice teachers as well as instructional and assistive technology, writing, and assessment in special education for preservice special educators and speech language pathologists.








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