Winston Chen

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How One Dyslexic Speed Reads

Dr. Matthew Schneps is one of the most respected scientists in the research of dyslexia. He heads up Laboratory for Visual Learning, a joint program of Harvard University and University of Massachusetts Boston.

I first met Dr. Schneps at a conference about a year ago. His keynote speech talked about the importance of character spacing and line spacing in reading for people with dyslexia. Since then, I’ve met Dr. Schneps regularly and incorporated some of his research findings in Voice Dream Reader.

Dr. Schneps has dyslexia. He advocates for eReaders and likes Voice Dream Reader, but he didn’t use it himself. When I asked him about it, he said he preferred to read visually so he could quickly alter reading speed. He thought the fixed pace of text-to-speech would prevent him from pausing effortlessly to digest or reflect during reading.

This summer, while I was on vacation, I got an email from Dr. Schneps: […]

By |2019-05-03T22:51:41+00:00September 8th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on How One Dyslexic Speed Reads

Customer Profile: Karen Janowski, Assistive Technology Consultant

I’m an Assistive Technology Consultant in private practice in the Greater Boston area. Additionally, I work part-time in the Newton Public Schools as an AT Specialist. I also blog about a variety of technology topics that support students with special needs here.

How long have you been using Voice Dream Reader?
6 months.

Why do you use Voice Dream Reader?
Voice Dream Reader helps students who struggle with access to grade level content. The app allows students to independently access text; otherwise they are often dependent on others reading the text to them.

By |2019-05-03T22:51:41+00:00May 14th, 2013|Customer Stories|0 Comments

Universal Access For The Written Word

Few events in human history have had the same impact as the advent of the written word. Many experts believe that writing so fundamentally changed the human consciousness that it’s hard for everyone, even those who cannot read, to comprehend how human beings thought before writing. Plato was among the few visionaries who saw this coming, and he was afraid that people would not “remember” the same way.

Like any technology, writing brought its own set of discriminating biases. We value people who write great novels over those who tell great stories orally. We prize reading comprehension above all else in primary and secondary education. The victims of these biases are those who, for whatever reason, have difficulties reading visually.

By |2019-05-03T22:51:41+00:00May 6th, 2013|Education|0 Comments