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Decoding Dyslexia

Although 1 in 10 children in the UK are diagnosed with dyslexia, there are still many misconceptions about the learning disorder. Many people think that it is linked to IQ, that it is only a problem with letters or words and that it is the same for everyone. In reality though, each case of dyslexia is different and sadly there are a few cases that go missed and are not picked up on in school. 

Education can be a very difficult time for children and students that have dyslexia, however, thanks to technological advances, tools and aids such as note taking pens, dot paper and screen overlays can be used to make learning and studying more manageable. 

National Dyslexia Awareness Week commences on the 3rd November and runs until the 9th. Make yourself aware of the facts and check out the infographic below.  

 

Decoding Dyslexia from Media Works

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  1. Rob Howells 3 November, 2014 at 12:14

    The text on your infographic is too small to read (even for non-dyslexics). Can you provide a better version?

  2. Sarah 6 November, 2014 at 10:44

    Excellent infographic (although it would be better a little larger). You missed one really key useful technology for dyslexics: eReaders, in particular Kobo: it allows the user to change the font (and the Kobo comes with two dyslexia friendly fonts and some others that have the features recommended by research into the best fonts for dyslexics), the font size, the margin spacing and the line spacing (increased line spacing has been identified in research as critical for helping dyslexics read more easily).

  3. Les 6 November, 2014 at 11:34

    That is very funny – a very useful set of info – but too small for its intention! Sums up the problem really!

  4. Kelly 6 November, 2014 at 15:19

    Dyslexia is not just visual!

    In fact, there are three proposed cognitive subtypes of dyslexia: auditory, visual and attentional. Dyslexics have problems processing audio and visual information and with multitasking (which causes attentional problems). It’s like having a high quality audio chip or GPU with out any cooling.

    Your graphic is definitely not dyslexic friendly. ESPECIALLY the font section with all those lines in the background. I couldn’t read a thing there. So much for someone who claims to have learned something about Dyslexia. I am astonished that someone could have gone through all that effort to learn something about it and yet not make any effort to try to present the information in a dyslexic friendly way. What is that about anyway?

    Overall, I’m not impressed. It’s pretty but a poor effort.

  5. Aaron 6 November, 2014 at 17:59

    Will also be interested to see a larger version of this, I can read it, but it’s not worth sharing at that size.

  6. Joe 7 November, 2014 at 12:38

    Very interesting and informative article, I started reading this because we suspected our daughter may be affected by dyslexia,

    I note that the first 2 recommended fonts used by people with dyslexia are Arial and Comic Sans,… as it happens, these are the only 2 main fonts I use too (Arial for reports / letters) and Comic Sans for e-mail.

    Revealing indeed.

    Thanks
    Joe

  7. Andrew 11 November, 2014 at 11:40

    I read this page on a 12″ tablet with the ability to significantly expand the text sice which then improved readability. I wonder if feature would be of use to dyslexics?
    However, the brown background still looks as though the ink has bleed into the white text as would be the risk with conventional printing!

  8. Mark 4 February, 2015 at 11:35

    i am a dyslexic without smart phones and pc i could not read or write docs. The information a dyslexic takes in by sight is the whole vision including the sides, so we are processing many times more details than non dylexics that take more time to do this ‘makes us look slow’. We have an advantage we can think in 3D
    and not just linear as non dyslexics do this can make understanding us difficult as we can see many routes to the same solution. My wife is dyslexic and two of my childern are my youngset has just completed a degree with help of a pc and time management. Dyslexia has over 300 trates so no one is the same, we also have extra link from right and left side of the brain.

  9. Ben 4 February, 2015 at 12:47

    I’m torn here, I’m a dyslexic graphic designer. This was very hard to read, the font is way to small and it’s a serif font (the dyslexia friendly fonts are all san serif) but it’s a great looking graphic.

    My guess would be it was originally designed to be the width of the text column rather than 437pixels which it’s ended up, reducing the image and then saving as a jpeg wont have helped. I do feel for the designer but I’m afraid as it is currently, it’s an epic fail, sorry. Still well done for at least trying to highlight this subject 🙂

  10. Jo 5 February, 2015 at 03:35

    If instead of grey/red illustrations you had used blue/yellow then a significant percentage of people who are also partially colour blind could have made more use of your good effort. And thank you Mark for giving me more of an insight into 3-D thinking. I have just come to know a very visually creative man who is dyslexic and bounces from project to project with speed and energy. Certainly the general public need to know more about the various traits and how we can understand what’s going on. I get confused by bright white pages, note down numbers backwards, forget things, and have light induced migraines/epileptic – like mini strokes. Dark glasses certainly help.

  11. Pete 5 February, 2015 at 11:57

    I agree with all the comments above about the text in the article being unclear. I am dyslexic, as is my son but this in no way affects your ability to learn. Sure you read more slowly but it doesn’t mean you cant understand what you have read. In fact, I often do proof reading for reports and I can guarantee I find all those typos and errors that most people speed read over. There are also other pluses associated with the condition where creativity and the ability to visualise plans in to a 3D image in your mind. Don’t brand the condition a learning disability because it isn’t. Once you have been diagnosed it can be overcome. The big problem is that schools don’t have the funds to diagnose and implement a solution for children who need help.

  12. Khal 10 February, 2015 at 17:39

    How could you create something with a view to explaining dyslexia without taking into account people who have dyslexia who want to be able to read this *head-desk*

    D- Could try harder.

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