Technologies for Dyslexia

Hi everyone,

We made a huge effort and collected, clustered, and compared different applications for dyslexia for intervention, screening but also for assisted Reading or Writing. We present the result in our chapter “Technologies for Dyslexia” available in the book Web Accessibility.


Our chapter includes past, current, and future research technologies to support, intervene, or detect people with dyslexia!

The other chapters are also a great resource on Web Accessibility! If you are looking for details or a starting point for your research as well as detailed information on a specific topic like “Mathematics and Statistics”, “Multimedia Accessibility”, “Wearables”, “Mobile Web“… It is your book about recent Web Accessibility development.

Thanks to my co-authors Ricardo Baeza-Yates and Luz Rello

as well as the editors Yeliz Yesilada and Simon Harper

and do not forget to check out the other chapters !!!

Web Accessibility Second Edition
Web Accessibility: “New and fully updated to cover the last 10 years of accessibility research published since the first edition, this book covers key areas of evaluation and methodology, client-side applications, specialist and novel technologies, along with initial appraisals of disabilities. It provides comprehensive coverage of Web accessibility research. Building on the first, this second edition places more focus on Mobile Web technologies, Web applications, the Internet of Things and future developments where the Web as we know it is blending into infrastructure, and where Web based interface design has become predominant. Written by leading experts in the field, it provides an overview of existing research and also looks at future developments, providing a much deeper insight than can be obtained through existing research libraries, aggregations, or search engines. In tackling the subject from a research rather than a practitioner standpoint, scientists, engineers and postgraduate students will find a definitive and foundational text that includes field overviews, references, issues, new research, problems and solutions, and opinions from industrial experts and renowned academics from leading international institutions including W3C, Google, IBM, and CMU, Colorado and Lisbon Universities.” From

Invited-Talk at GUC, Cairo

At the beginning of October, I had the pleasure to talk at the German University of Cairo (GUC) about  Misconceptions, Neuromyths and Dyslexia. Slides are available at SlideShare.

The two-day Teach the Teacher workshop for teaching assistants was organized by Slim Abdennadher (Vice President of Academic Affairs at the GUC ) and Stefan Schneegass (Assistant Professor at the University of Duisburg-Essen).

Press Release:

Dyslexia receives the German Reading Award — Dyslexia as an Opportunity.

Once a year the German Reading Award (Deutsche Lesepreis) is presented in Berlin by the Foundation Lesen and the Foundation Commerzbank-Stiftung. Projects in 4 different categories are honored for their approach, engagement or make which have a beneficial effect on reading. Maria Rauschenberger is honored for her Ph.D. idea and pilot study on a playful and early approach to screen children with dyslexia while playing a game.

Maria Rauschenberger Ph.D. Fellow erhält Deutschen Lesepreis 2017 für ihre Promotionsidee „Spielerische Erkennung der Lese-/Rechtschreibstörung“ am 09.11.2017 in Berlin.



Maria Rauschenberger received the German Reading Award in Berlin for her Research Idea “Playful and Early Screening with Dyslexia while playing a Game”.

Berlin, 09. November 2017:  

Once a year the German Reading Award (Deutsche Lesepreis) is presented in Berlin by the Foundation Lesen and the Foundation Commerzbank-Stiftung. Projects in 4 different categories are honored for their approach, engagement or make which have a beneficial effect on reading. Maria Rauschenberger is honored for her Ph.D. idea and pilot study on a playful and early approach to screen children with dyslexia while playing a game. Her advisors are Ricardo Baeza-Yates Professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra & CTO of NTENT and Luz Rello Special Faculty en Cargenie Mellon University & Fundadora de Change Dyslexia.




Thanks to all participants who already played our research game “MusVis”! The Award is therefore also for you! We can only find out the indicators and help people with dyslexia — if people participate in our study. Therefore a big big thank you to you!

Since around 2 years, we search for participants. During this time there have been fantastic people who helped with a lot of effort to find participants. Especially I want to thank

— Lena Klaus, teacher from Peter-Ustinov-Schule in Schleswig-Holstein

— Friederike Hansch, teacher at primary school Ofenerdiek

— Angelika Jobst, head of the library Ofenerdiek

— Peggy Stümpel,  AncoraMentis

—  Monika Batke, Hochschule Emden/Leer

Special thanks to Jeffrey P. Bigham from the Carnegie Mellon University for his contribution to the user study and Emilia Gomez from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra for her contribution on designing the music elements.

Next is the improvement of the approach and application as well as a large-scale study to confirm the pilot study results.

Press release:

— Eckernförder Zeitung

Website Deutscher Lesepreis

Pressemitteilung Commerzbank Stiftung

Hochschule Emden/Leer

— Pressemitteilung Stiftung Lesen

Website Web Science and Social Computing

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Do you want to support us? Children with and without dyslexia at the age of 8 to 12 can play her game from home! Sign up now!




#Escola #UPF #MusVis #Dyslexia 2017

Title: Prediction of Dyslexia from Maria Rauschenberger from Web Research Group (WRG)

In regards to the #ESCOLA (22 February 2017) the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) welcomes the polytechnic School at the Poblenou Campus of Pompeu Fabra University.

Maria Rauschenberger presented the new prototype of MusVis to around 100 students at the ESCOLAB 2017. MusVis is a research application and aims to analyze how people with and without Dyslexia perceive music and visual elements.


Please leave your contact if you would like to participate!


Information from Universitat Pompeu Fabra:

Presentation Bochum January 2017


Titel: Detection and intervention of dyslexia.


Abstract: Dyslexia is a specific reading disorder, which is probably caused by the ‘phonological skills deficiencies associated with phonological coding deficits’ (Vellutino, Fletcher, Snowling, & Scanlon, 2004). A person with dyslexia has visual and auditory difficulties that cause problems in reading and writing (Deutsches Institut für Medizinische Dokumentation und Information, 2008). Dyslexia is frequent: worldwide, about 10% of the population and from 5 to 12% of the German students have dyslexia.

The problem is that children with dyslexia can learn the spelling of words or decode words for reading but they need more time to practice. For example, two years instead of one for learning how to spell phonetically accurate words (Schulte-Körne, 2010).

Therefore we will first show the power of misspellings for intervention and how a game can help children to decrease their spelling mistakes. We will present the annotation of the errors, the creation of the exercises, and the Dyseggxia application in German.

In contrast to the intervention with misspellings – linguistic features have also the power to predict the risk of dyslexia for children. Therefore the linguistic features which are implemented in the game Dytective will be presented.

Finally, we show the concept of a possible and different approach of ‘How to predict dyslexia without linguistic features’.

Dyslexia (Tools)

Tools for People with Dyslexia, Links and Information to gain knowledge

english | german


Tools for Intervention

  • Dyseggxia at the age of 7 in English, Spanish & German (FREE in the App Store)
  • DytectiveU from the age of 7 in Spanish from non-profit organization ChangeDyslexia which I am a volunteer of.
  • LÜK in German (I played it as a kid with the analog box. Loved it – Haven’t tried the App yet.)
  • Was told that Help teachers use it : Ceasar & Klex
  • Lernserver – you have to pay for – never tried it.
  •  Thanks to Stefan for the Link to Speechcare – you have to pay for it – never tried it.
  • Thanks to Silke for this Link to LRS GUT1 – you have to pay for it – never tried it.
  • To learn Vocabulary: Quizlet

Tools for adults

“Kinder mit Lese-Rechtschreib-Schwäche haben auch Stärken – und die gilt es zu finden und ebenfalls zu fördern. Es ist nicht nötig, diese Kinder alleine über ihre Lese- und Rechtschreibfähigkeiten zu definieren und es gibt viele Möglichkeiten, nach der Schule Tools zu nutzen und Methoden zu entwickeln, um die Rechtschreibung zuverbessern.” – Maria Rauschenberger –

  1. Vokabel Trainer: Learning words I frequently spell wrong with the App Semper
  2. Spellchecker: Grammarly – still use the free version – which is helping very much to find the mistakes in English
  3. Spellchecker: Google Docs finds lots of mistakes – good for writing anything there and then copy and past it 😉
  4. Course for Learning how to read and write (Hamburg)
  5. Ask for Support also as an Adult!

Do you have tried out a good tool?  Please let me know !

Get Inspired !!!