The first step for dyslexic readers is to select the font type that makes the text easier to read in. After that, the rest of the text fitting is the fine tuning of the specific needs that makes the text more readable. This makes the reading enjoyable. Then it is easier to read more and improve reading skills.
Dyslexics struggle with reading due to different neural pathways in their brains. Dyslexia also causes a hard time with spelling, writing and reading comprehension.
Even though they have a hard time reading, the world we live in makes reading crucial for so many aspects of life. These issues are most obvious earlier in life, in education. Their effect makes the most impact on kids’ future lives.
Support and Create Space For Positive Sides of Dyslexia
We aim to support them during education. Make it easier for dyslexic students to read necessary literature and improve reading skills. It is an important period in life to improve. They will be more independent and tackle what life throws as they move forward. It is important to read. It would be amazing if more dyslexics have the ability to go through life with better reading skills, carrying fewer issues from the early days. Focus more on the positive sides of dyslexia. So far this was only supported with therapy which is not available to many. Our goal is to extend the adjusted reading practice outside of therapy. We’re not looking to replace it, but support this process in any way we can.
We’re often asked if Omoguru dyslexia friendly mobile app offers text-to-speech. One of the reasons we don’t is what I already mentioned. The other is there are a lot of great apps available already. We do plan to use text to speech to some parts of our ecosystem like learning tools, we plan to add soon.
Dyslexia Tools That Make The Text More Readable
The improvement of reading skills is achievable. For that one needs to read. To read as much as possible reading needs to be enjoyable. Reading needs to be easy. And exactly that is the purpose of our dyslexia friendly reading tools.
So how do we do that? The core of the solution is our dyslexia font family – OmoType. It has 5 different types. Type A to Type E. Each type has a bit longer necks (ascenders) and tails (descenders) from A to E respectively. These necks and tails help with decoding letters and words. For any dyslexic, if the word is easier to decode it will be easier to read. So the first step for dyslexic readers is to select the font type that makes the text easier to read in. After that, the rest of the text fitting is the fine tuning of the specific needs that makes the text more readable. Some of the text customization features dyslexics use the most are :
- Marked syllables for better reading rhythm
- Change text line heights and space between the letters to make the text less dense
- Marked mirror letters for better letter recognition
- An animated line that helps with focus and speed
Easier To Read, More Pleasure and Confidence
When we look at how dyslexics adjust the text in the app we see that each one prefers that the text looks different. This way dyslexia manifestations don’t make it so difficult to read as it was before using the app. Another great benefit of the app is that dyslexics read easier the lines that are shorter.
The next step is to read. As they improve letter recognition they will be able to make new adjustments with the text. Our goal is that at one point a dyslexic reader doesn’t need to heavily rely on Omoguru Reader or other dyslexia tools anymore. At that point, they would be able to read any text around them easier, and with more pleasure and confidence.
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