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E-readers prove easy on the eye for some dyslexics

E-readers prove easy on the eye for some dyslexics | Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Symbol systems | Scoop.it
Lots of visual space makes processing text easier for a subset of dyslexics.

Via Allison Hermann, PhD
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If only text to speech worked with all the ebooks available

 

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Allison Hermann, PhD's curator insight, October 3, 2013 5:09 PM

The next step is to install fonts such as, "OpenDyslexic" (http://opendyslexic.org/)  and customize the spacing for each reader (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/06/120607105712.htm) on each e-reader!

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SymbolSupport

Get SymbolSupport on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
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E.A. Draffan's comment, July 22, 2013 4:00 PM
The Assistive Technology Daily said "SymbolSupport is a super easy way to add symbols and speech to text. Documents can be read with a high quality text-to-speech voice while text is highlighted word by word. This app is intended to help learners with an intellectual disability or autism access important information like class assignments, step-by-step instructions, and social stories. Documents created in SymbolSupport can also be read with the free SymbolSupport Viewer app. These apps can be used on an iPad, iPod, or iPhone. SymbolSupport can connect with 15 devices simultaneously via Wi-Fi, allowing quick and easy transfer of the documents you’ve created. You can also email your symbolized documents as images or PDFs." http://attraining.org/atdaily/2013/07/22/symbolsupport-for-on-the-itunes-app-store/
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AAC Evidence Base Research | Communication Matters

AAC Evidence Base Research | Communication Matters | Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Symbol systems | Scoop.it
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Final Report: 'Shining a Light on Augmentative and Alternative Communication' (PDF 400KB)Research Report: 'Beyond the Anecdote' (by project partners University of Sheffield in collaboration with Barnsley Hospital) (PDF 5MB)Systematic review of the literature on barriers and facilitators to use of high technology augmentative and alternative communication devices (PDF 146KB) Interventions Using High-Technology Communication Devices: A State of the Art Review (PDF 209KB) What factors do we need to consider when providing high-tech communication aids? A Lay Summary (PDF 553KB)Press release: 'Thousands Missing Out on Right to a Voice'AAC Service Model - FactsheetWhat is AAC - FactsheetCommunication Matters - Factbox
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