Learning Difficulties Australia


Assistive Technology

iPads for Learning
This website is for educators who want to learn about using iPads in education. Here you will find information about the Victorian school iPads for Learning trial including specially selected apps, classroom ideas and technical tips.

Touch, Type, Read and Spell (TTRS) is a evidence-based computer course for children and adults who have spelling and reading difficulties, dyslexia and other learning differences.
Learning is promoted by a multi-sensory approach:
A systematic programme of seeing, listening, speaking and typing
Seeing the words written on the screen as they are typed out
Hearing the words pronounced as they are typed
Student and computer are interactive allowing for immediate self correction of errors and feedback of results
The structured TTRS course is finely graded in modules and levels building from words to sentences
With each successful module completed the student is encouraged to progress further
Students develop their own learning speed, therefore there are no peer group pressures

The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop 
The Cooney Center is a non-profit independent research group fostering innovation to advance children's learning through digital media and focusing on literacy development for diverse learners.The Center conducts and supports research, creates educational models and interactive media properties, and builds cross-sector partnerships. Programs address vital foundational capabilities, such as reading and writing, with a special emphasis on struggling readers.
It is named for Sesame Workshop's founder, who revolutionized television with the creation of Sesame Street. Core funding is provided by the generous support of Peter G. Peterson and Sesame Workshop. 

The Assistive Technology Training Online Project (ATTO) provides information on many well known AT applications and step-by step tutorials that help students with disabilities learn in elementary classrooms. This site also includes a list of other tutorial sites.

Assistive Technology Evaluation Guide for Students with Learning Disabilities – this guide offers several tools to assist with the evaluation process: a form listing areas to be considered, a list of critical questions, plus a quick guide to No Tech/Low Tech/High Tech materials, equipment and technology tools. http://www.ldonline.org/indepth/technology/evaluation.pdf

Battery Powered Computers

This site offers a reliable source of battery powered computer devices for the education sector such as Alpha Smart, Neo, Dana, Student  Mate  and Flash Master, and Teacher Productivity Tools to make teaching, preparation, programming, assessment and reporting easier such as FTC Publications and Visions Software, and other selected curriculum software suitable for Australian schools. For more information visit, http://www.batterypoweredcomputers.com

Battery Powered also runs a variety of training courses throughout the year in various locations. Some of these courses are organised by us and other by technology consultants and Special Education Consultants and support staff. Current course offerings available at:

SHADOR is a national resource for computational science education to improve math and science education through the effective use of modeling and simulation technologies, with site sections for students, educators, parents, and activities and lessons.

Macroworks Pty Limited, is a wholly Australian owned Company, developing solutions to meet computer-aided teaching and learning needs since 2000. Macroworks liaises with independent educators and specialists such as Education Department officers, University lecturers, tutors, child psychologists and speech therapists to stay informed of learning needs and to receive credible feedback on our products. These programs are designed for "inclusive learning", where students of all ages and ability can work side-by-side in a classroom environment, without segregation. Most programs are designed to assist students who have varying degrees of learning difficulties and need a computer resource that is pleasing to use, but work based. For more information, visit

is Australia and New Zealand's largest supplier of special needs software and assistive technologies. The growth of interest in the resources supplied by Spectronics has been particularly strong in the education area – in regular education (non-special education) classrooms, as well as in special education centres. This recent trend is exciting on two fronts. Regular education classroom teachers have access to flexible, motivating early literacy and numeracy solutions for their students. Students with disabilities and/or learning difficulties are able to be included in many more regular ed classroom activities.
Spectronics products include IntelliTools, Texthelp Systems and Kurzweil Education Systems. www.spectronicsinoz.com

Learning Technologies for Pre K-5 Classrooms
IntelliTools provides technology to help struggling students learn to their fullest potential: serving students in PreK-5 who struggle with a learning disability, use assistive technology, have IEPs, have limited English proficiency, or need additional instructional support for any reason.
The evolution of the IntelliTools product line is the result of aligning to rigorous research and responding to customer need. Our research-based products help educators teach reading, writing, and mathematics to students at-risk of failure or students with special needs. IntelliTools products are used to teach core concepts, provide patient practice, give immediate feedback, and track student responses.

Texthelp Systems Ltd is the worldwide leader of literacy software solutions. Their literacy support software is designed to assist those with literacy difficulties, dyslexia or where English is a Second Language. For example, Read&Write GOLD, which is a discreet integrated solution comprised of many features designed to assist students with their reading and writing. Unique functionalities include text-to-speech, phonetic spell checker, word prediction, speaking dictionary and a scanning facility. Texthelp has two divisions – Education & Workplace Solutions and Publishing Solutions. Efficacy studies documenting the use of Texthelp products have been conducted in a number of venues. Results of efficacy studies, media reviews, articles, and product data sheets are available for download or online viewing.

Kurzweil Educational Systems – Reading, study skill, and writing support software Grades 3-adult
Kurzweil Educational Systems, Inc. is committed to helping schools meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and demonstrate success in the classroom for all students.
Kurzweil 3000TM is the comprehensive reading, writing and learning software solution for any struggling reader, including individuals with learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, attention deficit disorder or those who are English Language Learners.

Edsoft offers a range of specialist products and services that can make a huge difference to students and adults who have difficulties in reading and writing and which can be easily implemented in mainstream schooling.
Clicker products develop children's reading and writing skills no matter what his or her ability, building sentences with whole words or using the keyboard. Children can read and make on-screen talking books. With its in-built speech, Clicker helps your child to read and write; listening to words as they are read out and highlighted helps your child to work independently. Your child can also listen to text and repeat activities as many times as he or she likes to reinforce learning. Clicker empowers children to work independently.

Nessy Fingers is a program that inspires dyslexic children to develop keyboard skills. The program has been developed in collaboration between Net Educational Systems (Nessy) Ltd and the Bristol Dyslexia Centre.
Nessy Fingers aids rapid learning by using an innovative approach to learning the keyboard. The speed of learning is possible by introducing keys in the sequence of the alphabet. Nessy Fingers claims to improve spelling, reading and basic punctuation, using 233 lists of over 10,000 curriculum words in a progressive learning structure. The lessons include visual jokes to break up periods of concentration. Typing practice comes through the 9 motivating games and collecting a mountain full of trophies, medals and awards in the Hall of Fame. Speed and accuracy targets are set by the player?s own personal best in a non-competitive game.

Inspiration 8-Kidspiration 3-Inspire Data Combo – creative software thinking skills
Inspiration's integrated diagramming and outlining views and complementary learning capabilities work together to make Inspiration the essential tool to help students visualize, think, organize and learn. Students develop essential learning strategies as they create graphic organizers to visually express ideas, represent concepts and discover relationships.

Assistive Technology: A Parent's Guide
This E-ssential Guide to Assistive Technology explains the purpose and potential of technology to help individuals with learning disabilities. This collection of articles and a worksheet will start you on the path to finding assistive technology (AT) tools to help your child bypass learning difficulties while playing to her strengths. You'll also find a list of suggested resources on this topic. Originally created by Schwab Learning, formerly a program of the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation.

BookShare provides accessible books and periodicals for readers with print disabilities. Bookshare, although free for all U.S. students with qualifying disabilities, offers an expanding number of accessible books to people all over the world with qualifying print disabilities. Thousands of accessible books are available for download to international Members, based on copyright permissions granted by publishers and authors. Bookshare's goal is to continue working with publishers and authors to increase the number of books available globally. Currently Bookshare has over 5,000 books available to Members in 30 countries. To learn about BookShare, go to: http://www.bookshare.org. To download copyrighted books, you need to sign up as Member. Bookshare offers two kinds of international memberships: individual and organizatioinal.

Quantum Technology
Quantum Technology, a privately owned company, is Australiaís leading manufacturer and distributor of technology for people who have a print disability (people who are blind, vision impaired or have a learning disability). We have over two decades of experience in the field and are committed to serving the needs of our customers across Australia and throughout the world. Our Australian-made products are used in over 37 countries around the globe.
Quantum Technology is uniquely positioned to provide a range of products and services that will assist the educational sector achieve equality of opportunity for students who have a print disability. Our regular ìin-servicesî and information seminars, allow educators to make informed decisions when purchasing technology, and our training courses enable teachers and students to utilise technology to its full capabilities.
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