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How Extracurriculars Boost Self-Esteem in Dyslexic Learners

How Extracurriculars Boost Self-Esteem in Dyslexic Learners

Blog
May 7th, 2024

Extracurricular activities are beneficial for almost every child and teen. They help to teach essential life skills like time management, teamwork, and leadership.

4 Key Strategies for Communicating Your Child's Needs to Schools

4 Key Strategies for Communicating Your Child's Needs to Schools

Blog
April 1st, 2024

Advocating for your child’s needs should be your top priority as a parent or caregiver. Without adequate advocacy, you may find that your kid is overlooked and is not given the support and attention that they need.

How Helperbird Can Support Homebound Learning for Recovering Students

How Helperbird Can Support Homebound Learning for Recovering Students

Blog
February 29th, 2024

Injuries are never something that any parent wants their child to have to suffer through. For severe injuries, kids have to stay at home to recover. This can be especially challenging for kids. Not only do they have to deal with the pain and hassle involved in recovery, but they are also likely dealing with temporary social isolation and missing a substantial amount of school.

Heads Up, Helperbird's Got Immersive Reader Too!

Heads Up, Helperbird's Got Immersive Reader Too!

Blog
February 2nd, 2024

Facing issues with your current Immersive Reader extension? Discover Helperbird, a robust, free alternative that works seamlessly across Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and iOS. Don’t let broken extensions slow you down—upgrade your reading experience with Helperbird today.

7 Steps to Create Personalised Learning Plans for Students

7 Steps to Create Personalised Learning Plans for Students

Blog
January 31st, 2024

This article outlines seven essential steps for educators to create effective and personalized learning plans, tailored to meet the diverse needs and potential of each student.

How to Use Immersive Reader in Google Docs, Step-by-Step Guide

How to Use Immersive Reader in Google Docs, Step-by-Step Guide

Guide
January 24th, 2024

Learn how to use Immersive Reader in Google Docs for free. Follow our step-by-step guide to enable and utilize this powerful dyslexia software tool.

How Positive Thoughts Might Benefit Dyslexic Students

How Positive Thoughts Might Benefit Dyslexic Students

Guide
December 15th, 2023

Explore the potential benefits of positive thinking for dyslexic students and how it can contribute to their overall well-being and academic success.

Top 6 Chrome Extensions for Teachers

Top 6 Chrome Extensions for Teachers

Blog
October 22nd, 2023

Without further ado, below, we are sharing with you six different Chrome extensions that can help any teacher be more efficient and even save them some time in the long run.

Interview with Helperbird Founder, Robert James Gabriel

Interview with Helperbird Founder, Robert James Gabriel

Blog
October 7th, 2023

Discover the journey of Helperbird's founder, Robert James Gabriel, and how his personal experience with dyslexia inspired the creation of Helperbird.

10 Essential assistive technology tools for web accessibility

10 Essential assistive technology tools for web accessibility

Blog
September 7th, 2023

In today's digital age, web accessibility is of paramount importance. It ensures that individuals with disabilities can navigate websites and online content with ease, providing equal access to information and services.

Top Productivity Extensions for Safari

Top Productivity Extensions for Safari

Blog
August 10th, 2023

As a business owner, you already know that the key to success is efficiency. You need to be able to get the job done quickly and accurately, in order to maximize your time and resources.

Creating an Inclusive Online Experience, The Importance of Dyslexia-Friendly Design

Creating an Inclusive Online Experience, The Importance of Dyslexia-Friendly Design

Blog
July 31st, 2023

Discover why dyslexia-friendly design is crucial for websites and apps. Learn how Helperbird empowers individuals with dyslexia through customizable typography, color contrast adjustments, and dyslexia-friendly tools.

Engaging and Motivating WFH Employees, Strategies for Success

Engaging and Motivating WFH Employees, Strategies for Success

Guest Blog
March 17th, 2023

Discover effective strategies for keeping remote employees engaged and motivated. In an era where remote work is becoming increasingly common, Upwork estimates that over 26% of the American workforce will be working from home by 2021.

Top 5 features of Helperbird to help your students in 2021

Top 5 features of Helperbird to help your students in 2021

Blog
January 21st, 2023

Helperbird has over 38 amazing features to choose from to make your class more accessible and productive in 2021 and 2022. We thought we would highlight what has been popular in the past year from teachers and students around the world.

How to Deploy Helperbird through the G Suite Console

How to Deploy Helperbird through the G Suite Console

Guide
January 9th, 2023

Streamline the deployment process of Helperbird across multiple computers using the G Suite Console. This step-by-step guide will walk you through the installation and setup process, ensuring accessibility for all users.

Introducing the Next Big Release of Helperbird

Introducing the Next Big Release of Helperbird

Announcement
December 4th, 2022

Get ready for the exciting next big release of Helperbird, launching on June 4th! Discover the host of new features and improvements, including split bottom navigation for Writing, Reading, and Accessibility, maths solving support, Epub support, offline functionality, a new user-friendly onboarding UI, over 30 major fixes and improvements, and full feature compatibility with PDFs. Experience the transformative power of Helperbird in revolutionizing your web browsing experience.

How to Avoid WFH Burnout and Maximize Productivity

How to Avoid WFH Burnout and Maximize Productivity

Guest
November 5th, 2022

While working from home looks convenient, the blurred line between home and employment can lead to burnout. Discover effective strategies to avoid work-from-home burnout and maximize productivity in this comprehensive guide.

Productivity Tips to Help You Stay Focused at Work

Productivity Tips to Help You Stay Focused at Work

Guide
September 27th, 2022

Focus is integral in ensuring that we get things done. But every now and then, there is something that is sure to take away your attention.

How to Add an Extension to Safari

How to Add an Extension to Safari

Blog
August 30th, 2022

Safari is a powerful browser, and extensions are one of the many ways you can customize it for your needs. Discover how to add extensions to Safari and explore the wide range of options available from the App Store to enhance your browsing experience.

How a Teacher Helped Me Achieve My Full Potential

How a Teacher Helped Me Achieve My Full Potential

Appreciation
July 19th, 2022

From dropping out of school to starting my own company, this is the inspiring story of how a teacher played a crucial role in helping me overcome challenges and reach my full potential.

Empowering Diverse Learners - Patricia's Story with Helperbird

Empowering Diverse Learners - Patricia's Story with Helperbird

Usecase
June 23rd, 2022

Patricia Ferris, an experienced teacher, transforms her classroom with Helperbird's accessibility tools, fostering independence and confidence among her students with diverse needs.

Thanksgiving Day Message from Helperbird

Thanksgiving Day Message from Helperbird

Guide
May 11th, 2022

On the day before Thanksgiving, Helperbird wants to express gratitude for the things we are most grateful for this year.

Congratulations to Our Winner

Congratulations to Our Winner

GUEST BLOG
April 14th, 2022

In February 2021, we ran a competition to celebrate the start of the new school term, giving participants the opportunity to win a brand new Chromebook and a year of Helperbird Pro. Now, it's time to announce the lucky winner and celebrate their success.

The 5 Must-Have Accessibility Tools for Students in 2021

The 5 Must-Have Accessibility Tools for Students in 2021

Blog
March 3rd, 2022

With online learning and increased online activity, it's important that every student feels empowered and comfortable when working online. Discover our top 5 tools to use in 2021.

Making PDFs Easier with Helperbird's PDF Reader

Making PDFs Easier with Helperbird's PDF Reader

Usecase
February 5th, 2022

Discover how rory, a hardworking professional, used Helperbird's PDF Reader to make dealing with PDF documents simpler and faster.

3 Facts about Dyslexia and 1 Fact about Cats

3 Facts about Dyslexia and 1 Fact about Cats

Blog
December 28th, 2021

Despite popular belief, dyslexics do not see letters backwards.

Elevating Marketing Efforts with Immersive Reader in Helperbird

Elevating Marketing Efforts with Immersive Reader in Helperbird

Usecase
December 19th, 2021

Dive into Alex’s transformative marketing journey with Helperbird's Immersive Reader. Learn how the Read Aloud and Text Spacing features significantly eased his workload, enabling more efficient and effective campaign management.

TV and Movie Characters with Dyslexia

TV and Movie Characters with Dyslexia

Blog
November 3rd, 2021

Children and adults often look at characters in movies and TV shows for inspiration and to dream. If you or your child is dyslexic, you might be surprised to see the following characters who have dyslexia.

How Helperbird Transformed a Student's Academic Experience

How Helperbird Transformed a Student's Academic Experience

Usecase
October 11th, 2021

Discover Jamie's inspirational story of overcoming reading challenges with the help of Helperbird's innovative features. Learn how the dyslexia ruler and Lexend font made a significant difference, and our commitment to protecting user identities while sharing their successes.

Top 5 Productivity Microsoft Edge Extensions

Top 5 Productivity Microsoft Edge Extensions

Blog
August 10th, 2021

If you're like a lot of people, you're probably thinking about ways you can become more productive in 2022. There's no better place to start than by making sure your computer is set up for productivity, in absolutely every way possible.

Fostering Inclusivity at Work - The Role of Helperbird in Modern Workplaces

Fostering Inclusivity at Work - The Role of Helperbird in Modern Workplaces

Blog
August 2nd, 2021

In this blog post, we explore the role of accessibility tools like Helperbird in fostering inclusivity in modern workplaces. From enhancing communication to boosting productivity and offering customizable web experiences, discover how Helperbird is revolutionizing the work environment, making it more accessible and supportive for all employees, regardless of their learning abilities or visual impairments.

Enhancing Inclusivity - Role of Accessibility Software in Modern Classrooms with Helperbird

Enhancing Inclusivity - Role of Accessibility Software in Modern Classrooms with Helperbird

Blog
May 27th, 2021

In the contemporary educational landscape, accessibility and inclusivity have taken center stage. With an increasing awareness of the varying learning needs and abilities of students, educators are looking to technology to bridge the gap. One such solution is accessibility software, designed to tailor education to each learner's needs, fostering a more inclusive environment. Among the pioneers of this endeavor is Helperbird, an all-encompassing tool designed to augment learning experiences for all students.

Guide to Creating Accessible Emails for Those with Dyslexia

Guide to Creating Accessible Emails for Those with Dyslexia

Guest
March 20th, 2021

When it comes to dyslexia, emails can be a real challenge. From getting the layout just right to knowing how to make the content dyslexia-friendly, it’s important to understand how dyslexic people interact with emails differently.

Boosting Classroom Accessibility - Discover the Magic of Helperbird

Boosting Classroom Accessibility - Discover the Magic of Helperbird

Blog
January 11th, 2021

Education is the cornerstone of every individual's personal and professional development, and it's crucial that everyone, regardless of their abilities or disabilities, have equal access to learning opportunities. However, for many students with special needs, traditional classrooms might not offer the most conducive learning environment. Luckily, in the digital age, technology has taken significant strides towards promoting inclusivity and equal learning opportunities. At the forefront of this transformation is Helperbird, a suite of tools designed to make education more accessible.

Best Careers for People with Dyslexia

Best Careers for People with Dyslexia

GUEST BLOG
November 23rd, 2020

Around 5 to 15 percent of Americans across all demographics have dyslexia. For several years, they have been inappropriately labeled "dumb" or "lazy" because it was a heavily misunderstood condition. But with the advances in neuroscience, we now know that dyslexia is a cognitive learning disability that affects one's ability to read, write, and spell—and it has nothing to do with how intelligent a person is. People with dyslexia can be as smart and as capable as their neurotypical peers. Dyslexia isn't a career sentence or a limitation. In fact, there are several career paths that people with dyslexia may excel in.

Benefits of iPads in the Classroom

Benefits of iPads in the Classroom

Blog
September 19th, 2020

For many years, educators have felt the pressure to make learning more than a singular experience. As technology becomes more popular, classrooms have gradually evolved away from the chalk and blackboard combination.

Top iPad apps for Accessibility

Top iPad apps for Accessibility

Blog
September 1st, 2020

The Internet is a vast resource of information. But what happens when you can't access that information? There are many websites and applications available to help assist those with disabilities—especially those with visual and hearing impairments—access the information they need.

What is COPPA and FERPA?

What is COPPA and FERPA?

Blog
May 28th, 2020

The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) are two similar pieces of legislation that protect the privacy of student data.

Enhance Web Accessibility with 10 Essential Assistive Technology Tools

Enhance Web Accessibility with 10 Essential Assistive Technology Tools

Blog
May 28th, 2020

Discover 10 essential assistive technology tools that significantly improve web accessibility. Learn how Helperbird, a comprehensive accessibility solution, empowers individuals with disabilities to overcome barriers and interact with digital platforms more effectively.

Empowering Students with Helperbird’s Reword Function

Empowering Students with Helperbird’s Reword Function

Usecase
April 16th, 2020

Dive into Alex’s transformative marketing journey with Helperbird's Immersive Reader. Learn how the Read Aloud and Text Spacing features significantly eased his workload, enabling more efficient and effective campaign management.

6 Famous People with Dyslexia

6 Famous People with Dyslexia

Blog
March 16th, 2020

Discover six famous individuals who have overcome dyslexia and achieved success in their respective careers. Learn about their inspiring stories and accomplishments.

Research into Web Accessibility for Dyslexics and Dyslexia-Focused Fonts such as OpenDyslexic

Research into Web Accessibility for Dyslexics and Dyslexia-Focused Fonts such as OpenDyslexic

Research
February 9th, 2020

Explore the research on web accessibility for dyslexics and the impact of dyslexia-focused fonts like OpenDyslexic. Learn about the existing knowledge on dyslexia and discover suggestions for designing dyslexia-friendly interfaces.

4 Ways to Make Social Media More Accessible in 2022

4 Ways to Make Social Media More Accessible in 2022

Blog
January 5th, 2020

Social media is a massive space of information sources and connections. Learn how to improve accessibility on social media platforms to ensure inclusivity and enhance user experience for individuals with disabilities.

5 out of 5 stars

“After using Helperbird I can't say enough positive things about it. This extension has truly transformed my online reading experience. Whether it's adjusting font sizes, reducing eye strain with the gray filter, or using the dyslexia-friendly fonts, Helperbird offers a range of features that cater to individual preferences and needs. The customizable color options and text alignment have also been incredibly helpful for personalizing my browsing. And the speed reading feature? It's a game-changer! Overall, Helperbird is a versatile, user-friendly tool that enhances accessibility and makes online reading a breeze. Highly recommended!”

Charlie Nishelle Calkins
Charlie Nishelle Calkins
Helperbird Pro user