Summary of Findings that are Applicable to Students with Learning Disabilities Using Computers
Kumar, Shiv Nath, Sangun Baijal, Leena Chourney, Aparna Ramamurthy, and M. Sasikumar. (2012) "Conceptualizing a Desktop Environment for Cognitively Challenged People," CUBE 2012.
Computers users who have LDs need clear, simple, consistent instructions to follow. They often understand pictoral representations better than text, and remember through recreation. They find it difficult to understand when flooded with too many selections or instructions at a time.
Issues and challenges
A Selection of Fee and Free Software & Applications
Students with learning differences are best taught using multi-sensory methods. With access to technology, hardware options, software, & apps, both as subscription and free resources, even more can be accomplished.
Organizational strategies are often critical and life-changing for students.
Letting students use their best modalities to receive and present their knowledge is essential and contributes to their sense of accomplishment and self-esteem.
Keep in mind that you want to present resources in a way that makes them accessible--easy to find and use with visual cues. Minimize visual competition and among your selections provide material with audio capabilities and resources whenever possible. Many subscription databases now offer this option to the user.
Color, Contrast, Design