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Tristan Young

“Without a doubt, Texthelp’s Read&Write makes me a more confident student and professional. I was very insecure about my aptitude and my intelligence before even though I knew I was smart. Thanks to Read&Write, I can write confidently and am no longer afraid to submit applications for jobs.”

Tristan Young

About Texthelp

Students in Higher and Further Education at thousands of universities, colleges and academies in North America rely on our award-winning cross-platform family of assistive technology solutions. Our literacy software helps with reading and independent study – and it’s great for ELL/ESL students whose first language isn’t English.

Every student learns differently. That’s why our easy-to-use assistive technologies are accessible across a wide range of platforms and devices - including PCs, Macs and tablets - to suit students’ personal study needs and lifestyles.

Read&Write supports students in Higher Ed


Read&Write makes a difference for a law school student with dyslexia

Background

Tristan Young is a 3L Year law student at Arizona Summit Law School. She is a bright student who was diagnosed with dyslexia and other learning disabilities after her frustration with scores on her LSAT exams.

The Challenge

Tristan is in her third year of law school and is dyslexic. She is a bright girl but experienced a lot of anxiety when it came time for testing. She would often go into “panic mode” and would read questions and problems very fast instead of reading through each problem carefully. She was unable to force herself to slow down. She often skipped parts of sentences and paragraphs and this same problem would happen in her writing. When she was writing, she knew what needed to be written in her head, but couldn’t get it down on paper. Tristan’s professors would send her work back to her as it was often illegible or had numerous spelling errors. So Tristan was forced to send her work to a third party to proof (often her Mother) who would tell her where she was missing parts of sentences.

Recently, Tristan was assigned a new accommodations coordinator at school to whom she explained her frustrations. The coordinator suggested Tristan try Read&Write as it is a program that she uses and finds invaluable.
 

The Solution

Tristan purchased a single user license of Read&Write for Mac and began seeing changes almost immediately. Her reading and writing improved after the first time she used it and Tristan now feels completely independent.

She hasn’t needed to send a single document to her Mother since she started using the software. Her confidence has skyrocketed and she is no longer nervous to apply for jobs from fear of rejection from potential employers based on errors in her applications. She is receiving A’s and B’s in all of her work now and she said she “would never be able to do that without the support of Read&Write for Mac.”

Tristan said: “I noticed a change in my writing immediately - it picks up on everything and it is so much fun now. I can actually see the mistakes I am making in my writing now that and I could never see before.”
 

Capabilities

Tristan’s favorite feature of Read&Write for Mac is the reader that offers text to speech. Previously, she would often skip over words and sentences inadvertently, but now with text to speech, she can follow along as the software reads, allowing her full comprehension of what she is reading. She also enjoys the voices available on Read&Write as they are very animated and is pleased with the option of choosing different genders.

Tristan is aware of many students in her law school that could benefit from Read&Write - from other students in a similar situation who have learning disabilities to students in wheelchairs that failed out of school because their facilitators couldn’t spend the time necessary to type out all the homework necessary to students who need the extra support with speech to text.

Tristan said she wishes her law school “could fund Read&Write for everyone who needs the support of reading and writing tools as I know what a big difference it could make to other students.”

Assistive Technology is currently not available for any exams at Arizona State Law School but Tristan is hopeful this might change in the future in order to provide students with accommodations with the support they need.