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Text adjustment to help people with learning disabilities

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000028740D
Original Publication Date: 2004-May-28
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-May-28

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

It is estimated that 3.5 million people suffer from some form of learning disability in the US. People with LD can have problems with reading, writing or arithmetic. Manufactures of Devices such us computers have done some work to accommodate people with mild dyslexia but not much has been done for individuals with severe dyslexia such us scotopic sensitivity syndrome. Some of the examples are: Moving River Effect - Words or parts of words slide sideways, opening moving rivers of space that cascade up and down the page. Smudge Effect - Letters and words move sideways and stack atop each other, then move apart. The page is filled with moving dark smudges that are impossible to read Swirl Effect- As the eye focuses on a particular word, lines begin to swirl like a rotating wheel.