Websearch with Dyslexia

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Web search is a key digital literacy skill that can be particularly challenging for people with dyslexia, a common learning disability that affects reading and spelling skills in about 15% of the English-speaking population. In the paper in our link for today, the researchers collected and analyzed eye-tracking, search log, and self-report data from 27 participants (14 with dyslexia) to confirm that searchers with dyslexia struggle with all stages of the search process and have markedly different gaze patterns and search behavior that reflect the strategies used and challenges faced. Based on these findings, they discuss design implications to improve the cognitive accessibility of web search.

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Free Dyslexia Course

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Offered to you by the Madras Dyslexia Organization.

The basic course on Remedial Instructions For Primary School Children With Specific Learning Difficulty empowers primary school teachers to provide active support to the children in their class with mild to moderate Specific Learning Difficulty or Dyslexia.

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The truth about the role of the cerebellum

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The cerebellum does not affect reading ability in people with dyslexia, according to a study that challenges a controversial theory.

The cerebellum is a brain structure traditionally involved in motor function.

This new study disputes that theory and could lead to improved treatment of dyslexia, according to scientists from Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C

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Optometris awarded

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 A Holland-area optometrist received national recognition Friday for the progress one of his patients made in optometric vision therapy that allowed him to read easily after years of struggling.

“He really did all the work we told him what to do and he made so much progress,” development optometrist Dr. Neil Renaud said. ”(He) has seen so many hurdles that were in the way for him for reading, like double vision and blurry vision and letters moving on the page, dyslexia, getting lost all the time. He’s enjoying reading now for the first time in his life. … He’s the one who had a life-changing experience that he’s going to carry forever.”

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New software for dyslectics

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ClaroRead for Windows, developed by Claro Software, provides a range of features to help with reading, writing and studying.  The software can be used to convert images to machine readable documents, listen to onscreen text using high quality voices, convert documents to sound and video files so one can listen to them later and check spellings and words that sound similar.

Best of all, it’s free!

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Dyslectics still face challenges in schools

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Television presenter Kirstie Allsop has opened up about her own – and her children’s struggle – with dyslexia on Twitter, saying the modern education system can make youngsters with the learning difficulty feel like ‘unwanted pariahs’ in schools.  

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DYSLEXIA GENERALLY MISUNDERSTOOD, VIEWED WITH PREJUDICE

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A great article by Ronald L. Trowbridge, who is a policy fellow at the Oakland-based Independent Institute and a former director of the Fulbright Scholars Program. He later served as chief of staff for former U.S. Chief Justice Warren Burger.

A good number of examples are given, very quick and interesting read.

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Award winning Dyslexia movie

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Laughing at dyslexia may not sound a very right-on or ‘woke’ think to do but that’s exactly what documentary I Am Dyslexic encourages us all to do.

The documentary has been created by Stratford-upon-Avon film-maker Thom Davies, and has just scooped first place at the Leamington Film Festival, beating 17 other short films.

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