Sunday, February 8, 2015

Helping Students With Learning Disabilities
This past week I was perusing the internet to find some fun activities for a few of the children that I tutor, and came across an incredibly interesting article. The article is about a Dutch graphic designer who created a new typeface called "Dyslexie". This new font hopes to help individuals (like himself) with dyslexia. If you are interested, this is a great video fully explaining the scope of the font, and how it works for individuals with dyslexia.
As you can see above, the way that the "p", "b" and "d" are created are slightly different; however, for an individual with dyslexia they can make a huge difference in the way that one can read. Furthermore, in having a new accessible typeface students will hopefully develop a higher sense of confidence and self esteem in regards to their reading and academic abilities.
              To me, I think that this new design really seems to fall into the realm of 21st Century educational skills as well as 21st Century advances. I think that it is incredible, that we live in a world where something as simple as a font size can so drastically change the life of a student or person with dyslexia. As we often discuss in education classes, making accommodations for students (while not always easy) is so incredibly beneficial to their own education and outlook on education. With so many new technologies, and understandings in terms of learning disabilities and other exceptionalities this font is just one example of the strides being made towards an inclusive and beneficial system of schooling for all.

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  1. Hey Allyson,
    I really enjoyed your post this week because it sheds light on an extremely important part of our future teaching careers. I know that there is a Special Education additional qualification that you would be very interested in once we are in teachers college. Your interest in this subject places you as an important forward thinking teacher. Another important and similar learning disability would be dyscalcua which is similar to dyslexia in a sense that it too makes reading and learning increasingly difficult for students but it has to do with mixing up numbers. These things are key to 21st century learning and I like that you present them in an unbiased way and hope for a push for acceptance of all students.

  2. Special education is one of the big winners in the technological apps field. You have offered a fascinating example here. My sister is a school psychologist and she says that the field and her job have changed dramatically with technology. She now works with kids on one to one laptops. Kids like it a lot. But she also cautions that she has lost the very personal connection she had before with students and she misses that.

  3. Allyson, this was another very interesting blog post! The awareness about individuals with both physical and learning disabilities is growing immensely and this program you found seems very helpful. Dyslexia especially is a growing interest as many celebrities and people in the media have been openly discussing their challenges with a learning disability, so I am very glad that new programs like these are emerging. At first I questioned whether this program and critiquing font size would be beneficial; however after reading the full article it is mind – blowing to see how such a simple change can have such a positive impact. This is such a cool concept and an efficient way of implementing it into the classroom in order to accommodate students with learning disabilities. This program also truly goes to show how technology can be an asset in the classroom. If teachers and professionals can cater their teaching practices to individual needs we can hopefully empower our students and help them to succeed in essential life skills. I am interested to see how effective this program would be for you to use in your own tutoring program and other online resources for students with exceptionalities.