This week is ADHD Awareness Week, which aims to help educate the public about ADHD facts and research, as well as highlight the stories of people of all ages who have ADHD. This year’s theme for the week is “The Many Faces of ADHD.”
In honor of ADHD Awareness Week, today we’re featuring a roundup of tech tools that disability access consultants recommend for college students with ADHD. These tech tools enhance learning in the classroom and help students take better notes and stay organized.
1) The Livescribe smartpen (a TriplePoint client) captures everything you hear and write so students can go back and review difficult concepts as many times as they need to. ADHD students often have a hard time taking notes and listening at the same time; the smartpen takes the pressure off having to take in everything the first time around. The smartpen also eliminates the need for expensive traditional human note takers in higher ed, giving ADHD students more independence.
2) Kurzweil software helps with reading, as focusing and concentrating on text can be challenging for ADHD students. Kurzweil transforms text into speech and also highlights text while students read, aiding in retention.
3) Inspiration Software is a visual learning tool that pairs words with images, turning concepts into graphs, maps, and charts to represent larger ideas and themes. This helps ADHD students organize and track large amounts of information, which is helpful for organizing essays or research projects.
4) Dragon NaturallySpeaking software turns speech into text. Some teachers encourage ADHD students to use it for free writing and brainstorming so they can get words on paper as they are beginning a new writing assignment.
5) Evernote is the cloud-based note taking system that lets teachers and students share and search their notes on any device, anywhere. ADHD students can use Evernote as a free organizational tool to help stay on top of schoolwork.
6) The Comfort Contego System by Comfort Audio is a wireless assistive listening device that captures what is being said in a lecture, processes the sound so the speech is enhanced and background noise filtered out, and then transmitted to a wireless receiver. This system is traditionally used for the hearing impaired, but it is also an excellent tool for students with ADHD to help them focus in the classroom and filter out background noise.
7) Read&Write Gold literacy software is a scan and read program that helps students, particularly those with learning disabilities such as ADHD, with reading, writing, studying, and research. Features include text-to-speech functions, screenshot readers, a digital dictionary, a spell checker, and speak-while-typing capabilities.
Learn more about ADHD Awareness week here.