“Are eReaders Helpful for Dyslexia?” an article written by Sara Benard on Mind/Shift poses the question whether eReaders can help students with Dyslexia become successful readers. An article by Annie Murphy Paul, “Can eReaders Ease reading for Dyslexics?” (also on Mind/Shift) offers insight into how eReaders and the accessibility features can help children with Dyslexia improve their reading abilities. Besides the obvious text-to-speech capabilities offered on most tablets and eReaders, there are other accessibility features that can be set that are found to help with reading:
- “…a team of researchers from the University of Padova in Italy reported that extra-large spacing between letters allowed a group of dyslexic children to read text significantly faster and with fewer than half as many errors as when they read passages with standard spacing.”
- …”the size of the letters themselves affects how quickly and easily dyslexics read.”
- “Even the font in which a text is printed may influence how readily a dyslexic is able to read.”
The article provides two research studies where text spacing and font sized were the variables for studying ways to help Dyslexics read more successfully.
I think this is a very timely and interesting article where many people are looking to invest in eReaders because of the accessibility features that would help the diverse student populations with in our schools.