Dyslexia Can Deliver Benefits

“Our studies hint that dyslexia may be an asset to many scientists. For example, in 2012 we asked 15 college students to search for specific objects in busy photographs of natural scenes. Some of these scenes appeared repeatedly, which allowed us to measure how well students could learn the layout of such images. Dyslexic individuals needed fewer repetitions to master these searches than their nondyslexic peers, but only for blurred images. Such skills could translate well in medicine, for example, where physicians compare multiple diagnostic x-rays over time to identify tumors or growths.”

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Apps can help children with dyslexia learn in a fun way

“Every day new apps are developed to support literacy development and can provide children with great assistance in a colourful, fun and easy-to-use way, which can greatly reinforce the literacy tuition they get in the classroom for their teachers,” says the CEO of DAI, Rosie Bissett. “Apps provide a cheap (sometimes free), more intuitive and user-friendly mobile alternative to established and expensive literacy software for computers. “With children being more tech savvy than ever, apps also have an implicit ‘cool factor’ which encourages and motivates learning.

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Best Dyslexia Websites For 2016 –

“Dyslexic AND UN-Stoppable conducted its annual survey of the best websites for dyslexia.  People from around the world cast their votes for the three sites that they feel offered the best value and information to help those with dyslexia.  We are pleased to offer you the list of the Best Dyslexia Websites For 2016.”

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What it’s like having dyslexia in the workplace – and how you can help

“A few years ago, I had a job interview with a well-known parenting website they didn’t warn me that there would be a sub-editing test. I was handed an article riddled with typos, a pen and twenty minutes to correct it. I knew as soon as they gave it to me that I wouldn’t get the job. I did my best, but without the help of Microsoft Office’s wiggly red line, or a dictionary, there was just no way I could spot a typo.

I kept it together long enough to get out of the interview before I burst into tears. Afterwards I couldn’t shake the feeling this was painfully unfair. I would have been good at that job. But because my mind doesn’t work like other people’s, I was never going to get the chance.”

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Pocket Is Making Reading With Dyslexia Easier

“Tushar Kirtane, a product manager at Pocket, told BuzzFeed News that accessibility integrations like this are a priority for the company. “We added support for Dyslexie because people wrote in and asked for it,” Kirtane said, noting that there aren’t yet many peer-reviewed studies that vouch for the efficacy of fonts intended to make reading easier for people with dyslexia. Which isn’t to say that Dyslexie isn’t effective, just that it’s still unproven.”

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Starbucks employee wins dyslexia discrimination case – BBC News

“The tribunal found Starbucks had failed to make reasonable adjustments for Ms Kumulchew’s disability and had discriminated against her because of the effects of her dyslexia. It also found she had been victimised by her employer and there appeared to be little or no knowledge or understanding of equality issues.”

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