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Voice Dream Writer: A Video Podcast with Author Winston Chen

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This is Dr. Erica Warren’s most recent video podcast, featuring dyslexia advocate and author, Winston Chen. https://youtu.be/uyPcMZyEZ1E

Winston tells us all about the many benefits of his app Voice Dream Writer for individuals with dyslexia. This is the fifth of many free video podcasts for Go Dyslexia!

What is Voice Dream Writer?
Voice Dream Writer is an iOS app that can be used on an iPad or iPhone. It is a easy to use writing application that has a number of powerful features.

Voice Dream Reader Offers a Number of Helpful Tools:

  • Dictation or Voice to Text: Voice Dream Writer offers voice to text or dictation, so you can speak to your iPad and the words will appear.
  • Proof Reading: Now you can edit your writing by listening to the text spoken aloud. Like a personal proofreader, Voice Dream Writer uses text-to-speech technology, so that awkward sentences, grammatical errors and typos can be easily found. It addition, Voice Dream Writer can read words and sentences as they’re typed or dictated so that errors can be corrected right away.
  • Word Finding and Definitions: Voice Dream Writer helps individuals find the right words through phonetic search or meaning search. For example, search for “inuf,”, and you will find “enough”, or search for “large balloon” by meaning and you will find “zeppelin.” Word Finder also shows the dictionary definition of a word.
  • Organizing Ideas: Writer automatically keeps a separate outline of headings, paragraphs and sentences. The Outline helps writers structure their writing and reorganizing paragraphs and sections is a simple drag and drop. In addition, it allows the author to go anywhere in a document without endless scrolling.

Come watch my first video podcast with Winston Chen on his acclaimed app Voice Dream Reader.
URL to Video Podcast: https://youtu.be/OFfzRPFSBrQ
Audio version from iTunes: http://apple.co/1YfhJQE

Resources mentioned in the video podcast:

  • Voice Dream Reader: http://www.voicedream.com/
  • Voice Dream Writer: http://www.voicedream.com/writer/

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Two Best Apps for Dyslexics: Words from Designer Winston Chen

Voice Dream Reader and now the new Voice Dream Writer are what I believe to be the best apps out there for dyslexics as well as struggling readers and writers.  I am so pleased to feature an interview with Winston Chen: the creator these Voice Dream apps.  We focused our discussion on his recent release, Voice Dream Writer

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Erica: If you had to put it into a single sentence, what is at the heart of Voice Dream Writer?

Winston: It helps everyone write better.

Erica: Why did you create Voice Dream Writer?


Winston: Over the 3-year period during which I worked on Voice Dream Reader, my reading app, I became aware that reading and learning isn’t the only challenge facing students with dyslexia. Writing is as just as problematic. This was obvious from the emails that I receive from users. Beyond education, in the workplace, poor writing puts people with dyslexia at a severe disadvantage. I started to think about ways in which technology can help them improve the quality of their writing beyond dictation and word prediction.

Erica: How does Voice Dream Writer help people write better?


Winston: Three core capabilities. One, it incorporates speech throughout the entire writing process from typing to proofreading to help writers make fewer errors. Two, it has a sophisticated search engine for words that help improve spelling and word usage. Three, it has a synchronized outline that helps writers better structure and organize compositions. The goal is to help people write better, not fancy graphics and snazzy technical wizardry. It gets down to the basics: this magical but intimidating process of creating words and sentences on an empty screen.

Erica: Were there any key people or organizations that helped to inspire the genesis of Voice Dream Writer


Winston: Many people gave me ideas. But I want to point out especially Landmark College, who encouraged me to develop this app, and Dr. Matthew Schnepps, one of the most respected researchers in the field and a dyslexic himself, who explained to me many of the problems that dyslexics face when writing.

Erica: Who is your audience?


Winston: The audience is precisely the same group of people who find my reading app helpful: adults and students with dyslexia, low vision, or blindness. These three groups have one thing in common: they do not process text the same way as the majority of the population does, and in particular they all value speech.

Erica: What other apps have you created?  



Winston: This is only my second app. My first app is Voice Dream Reader, which lets people read with their ears. 

Erica: Are you intending on creating more apps?  If so, what are some of your ideas?


Winston: I always have a bunch of ideas floating in my head. For the foreseeable future, however, I want to focus on making the Reader and the Writer available on more platforms, such as Android and Mac. Two babies will keep me busy for quite a while.

Erica: Can people learn more about your new app?



WinstonYes. The best way to learn more about this app is to watch the demo I narrated on my website: http://www.voicedream.com/writer

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I want to thank Winston Chen for taking the time to speak to us!  I hope you learn more about the Voice Dream apps and discover the benefits these valuable technology gems.

Dr. Erica Warren is the author, illustrator and publisher of multisensory educational materials at Good Sensory Learning and Dyslexia Materials.  She is also the director of Learning to Learn, in Ossining, NY.  To learn more about her products and services, you can go www.goodsensorylearning.com, www.dyslexiamaterials.com www.learningtolearn.biz  

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