Thursday, September 29, 2005

Math Software Resources for Dyslexia & Dysgraphia

We just got a question about this, and thought it would be a good idea to post these resources. If you know other resources for keyboarding math, please add them to the comment section...and thanks in advance!

Intellitools is for elementary level only. Equation Editor is usually within Microsoft Word- Here's one site that tells you where to find it.

Math Pad at Intellitools
Abacus Math Writer

We also just heard about Virtual Pencil Algebra, a program that was developed for blind students and has a read aloud function.


  1. I have a dysgraphic son who is taking Alg2/trig this year. Up to this point he's been able to much of his math calculations in his head, with his instructors spending the time to decipher his solving processes. This year, however, he's attending a much larger school, and I don't think his math teacher will be able to devote that much time to him. T has been reluctant to try any math software, as he tried either MS Equation Editor or Math Type a few years ago with much frustration and no success. Are there easy to use math software programs for the dysgraphic student that do not solve the problems for them?

  2. Hi marcy - The software program that we've heard about most frequently is MathType.

    If he is just starting algebra now, it may have been he was too young when he tried it before. We have heard about many students using MathType especially with the keyboard shortcuts in Trig, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus. We also have college students using it. MathType also has been updated and perhaps he could do a trial of it to see if the newer versions are easier to negotiate.

    Other software-based math programs can be found here, but these are mostly for younger students. I haven't checked out all of the links here, but here is another page with Math Accommodative Resources.

    BTW, if you do find a program that is better, please post back to share it with us.

    Thank you!

  3. p.s. depending on what is needed, other programs that might be useful are TI Interactive! and MathCad. Some high school and college students also use Excel.

  4. Anonymous12:00 PM

    Students with dyslexia that want to learn the multiplication often have success with "Times Alive" which is a cd rom with animated stories and songs that give the student a visual clue for associating the number fact and retrieving answers. This software is based on the book, "Times Tables the Fun Way". It is published by

  5. Anonymous8:40 AM

    Some details about TI Interactive! might help. A couple of us used it where we taught high school. It is a useful program that works "like" a TI-83/84 series calculator. It makes excellent graphs, has list functions that operate like a low-end spreadsheet, has limited word processing capability, and some solving capability. However, as a word processor it is clunky - we usually created graphs and transferred them to a Word document. TI Interactive! is only for Windows operating system computers, but is not compatible with Vista (it is with Windows XP). You can transfer information between TI Interactive! and a TI calculator via a free program called TI Connect, as long as you have the correct cables. TI Interactive! does not have the typesetting capability of either Equation Editor or Math Type. TI is putting out a new model calculator and a corresponding computer program called NSpire. It might have better capabilities for a student with disgraphia.

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