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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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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New Dyslexia handbook

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The British Dyslexia Association has their new Dyslexia Handbook out. See it in our link for today.

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Reading lamp to help dyslectics

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Dyslexia is something of a mystery in that we’re not precisely sure what the cause is and it’s notoriously difficult to diagnose. Some French researchers have suggested that sufferers have two dominant eyes, so images of letters appear correctly but also as a mirror image simultaneously, which can make it hard to read. The Lexilife lamp has been designed with this supposition in mind and it employs powerful LEDs that pulse at an adjustable rate.

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Innovation award for dyslexia app

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Four teenage business students from Coleg Llandrillo wowed the judges at a national youth enterprise competition in Cardiff, after their company scooped gold and silver in two of the main award categories for its app which helps primary school children with dyslexia. 

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Does cursive help dyslexia?

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Cursive’s cheerleaders repeatedly state that cursive cures dyslexia or prevents it, that it makes you pleasant and graceful and intelligent, that it adds brain cells, instills proper etiquette and patriotism, or confers numerous other blessings which are no more prevalent among cursive users than among other humans.

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Dyslexia and music

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A 2014 study conducted in the United Kingdom found that childhood music training can improve the sound-to-language processing skills that those with dyslexia struggle with. Read a happy story about how one pupil was helped by the music teaching she received in our link for today.

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Augmenta11y new app designed by students

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Over 35 million children enrolled in schools across India have dyslexia. That’s a big number but there are not enough tools available to help them go about their daily lives better.

A realisation that motivated 21-year-old Tushar Gupta and fellow classmates Mudita Sisodia, Mitali Raju, and Schezeen Fazulbhoy to develop Augmenta11y as part of their final year project at the Mukesh Patel School Of Technology Management & Engineering (MPSTME).

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New dyslexia app

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West Branch senior Cassie Madison was presented with the Congressional App Challenge award by U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson. Madison, shown with Johnson, created Dysulator, to help students with dyslexia, like herself. She created the app through Android Studio using kotlin code. Madison hopes “parents and teachers can use this app to understand dyslexics and make a positive change in our future.” Her app has three main components: an dyslexia tab, an interactive game simulator and a help and support tab. The game simulator attempts to recreate how a dyslexic person would see and feel throughout a game. Madison is one of four students from Ohio who were selected as winners.

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