Ghotit is a company that primarily provides tools that act as spelling and grammar checks for texts. Uniquely, its spell-check algorithms cater specifically to dyslexic spelling mistakes. Both the Ghotit app itself and the website are fabulous examples of accessible technology for those with disabilities.
Ghotit's services for individuals with dyslexia and dysgraphia goes beyond basic spell-checks. There are three specific ways that Ghotit helps to make the internet accessible for users with dyslexia and dysgraphia.
Probably the most significant way that Ghotit makes the internet accessible for dyslexic users is with the creation of the Ghotit keyboard, a mobile keyboard for iPhone and iPad that allows dyslexic people to type and communicate with their phones more easily. The Ghotit spell checker solves the problem of creating academic or professional documents on the computer for those with reading and writing difficulties, but the keyboard takes this a step further by offering word prediction technology and phonetics intelligence specifically catered toward dyslexic habits. A few of the specifications offered by the keyboard are:
- Talking word-prediction
- Quick-spell word-prediction
- Phonetic and context-sensitive spell checker
- Reading assistance
By providing these resources, Ghotit serves as a company that makes websites and online communication available for dyslexic users on a global scale.
This app is another tool that offers the resources necessary to help users with dyslexia and dysgraphia to properly read, understand, and write texts. What makes this app such a step forward in terms of website accessibility is that it syncs with common Android apps such as Gmail, and Facebook. This means that those using this app can access typical websites that people access from their phone, and they can participate in the most popular online communities. This is a huge step forward in terms of website accessibility.
- The Ghotit Website
The Ghotit website itself serves as a great example for other companies who are looking to make their web experience more accessible to users with disabilities. One of the ways that Ghotit achieves accessibility is in its website and its clear text. The site is relatively simplistic, and the text that does appear on the homepage is written in very clearly and concisely. There are also not a lot of overlapping images, unnecessary details, or bright lights on the homepage. Ghotit is a great example of how a website can be very accessible and yet attractive and useful.
The Ghotit blog is run by a dyslexic blogger and provides direct access to website creation to someone directly affected by the disability. It also allows other dyslexic users to view this blog as an example of opportunities available for dyslexic/dysgraphic individuals. By taking the perspective of someone with dyslexia, the blog provides dyslexic users with advice, examples, and a community and shared experiences. The blog is one of the best ways that Ghotit increases internet accessibility for dyslexic/dysgraphic users in a meaningful way.
By providing services well beyond spelling and grammar checks, Ghotit is a great example of a company that uses a product and a vision to make internet accessibility a reality for users with dyslexia and dysgraphia.