February 27, 2018

How can digital technology help people with dyslexia?

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Dyslexia in Scrabble Letters Millions of people around the world suffers from dyslexia. Alex Barker, consultant, and consumers at AbilityNet discusses how the disease affects people and how computer technology can help people with dyslexia.

What is dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a permanent condition that makes reading and writing difficult. People with this condition are able to verbalize their thoughts, but no paper and their reading skills are often behind their peers. Walt Disney had dyslexia like Sir Steve Redgrave.
How many people in the UK have the disease?
According to the British Dyslexia Association, 10% of the British population suffers from dyslexia. It’s about 6 million people. Of these, 6 million 4% have a severe form of dyslexia.

How does dyslexia affect people?
One of the main problems with people with dyslexia is that they may have good ideas, but when it comes to writing them and organizing what they need to do, they are really hard to show their full potential. This can be a problem if, for example, you have to write reports or essays. The reports work well if they are presented in a logical order and have a good flow. Some people with dyslexia have real problems trying to understand all the important content.

If you have trouble reading, it can cause a lot of problems. Imagine that you could not read a schedule to know when the next bus will arrive.

Many people like to read books, but if you suffer from dyslexia it is something you might find difficult. If you are a student, reading books is not a problem for you.

The best tips to make computer work easier for people with dyslexia

IpadAs with many disabilities Dyslexia will affect different people in different ways, so there is no specific computer application or customization that will definitely be useful in all cases. However, there are some tips that are worth trying:

  • Make the text bigger and change the color
  • Double spacing can also be useful
  • Using a sans-serif font like Arial or Comic Sans is also very useful.
  • Some people prefer to change the wallpaper.
  • Using the built-in voice recognition system can also be very useful (only available on Windows computers)

 

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