Fact Sheet - Suggestions for Spelling and Public Speaking

October 20, 2018

Public speaking, whether or not you have a disability, is often a scary thing. Disability Support Services personnel across the nation recommend the following accommodations to accommodate their students with disabilities who must write and/or present their projects in a public speaker's forum:

When using PowerPoint embed computer-generated speech into the slides. 

Webster's New World Pocket Misspeller's Dictionary (Paperback) by Michael E. Agnes (Editor). Answers the question, "How can I look it up in the dictionary if I can't spell it?" This handy dictionary alphabetically lists the most common misspellings of more than 15,000 frequently used words, and gives the correct spellings in easy-to-read boldface type. Brief definitions help distinguish among the different meanings of many words. Readers are aided by syllable divisions that make it easier to remember the correct spelling, tips on becoming a better speller, and useful advice on avoiding common causes of misspellings. Easy-to-read page design helps readers quickly find the information they need. And now, many new words have been added, including many difficult technology terms, to make this the most up-to-date misspeller's guide available.

  • Read Write Gold: http://www.readwritegold.com/ is software that offers Text to Speech -- Human Sounding Voices Word Prediction, Phonetic Spell Checker, Homophone support, Voice Recognition Scan In and Listen to any Printed Material Audible Dictionary, and is Vista Ready
  • Ghotit (a free online service) http://ghotit.com/home.shtml is for individuals who wish to type a full sentence phonetic spellings for every word... and then go back and have a powerful system help you identify the correct spelling for each word.
  • Werdz http://www.gandjlawrence.co.uk/Werdz/ - a phonetic online spell checker

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