Technologies for Dyslexia

Hi everyone,

We made a huge effort and collected, clustered, and compared different applications for dyslexia for intervention, screening but also for assisted Reading or Writing. We present the result in our chapter “Technologies for Dyslexia” available in the book Web Accessibility.

Researchgate: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/333571078_Technologies_for_Dyslexia

Our chapter includes past, current, and future research technologies to support, intervene, or detect people with dyslexia!

The other chapters are also a great resource on Web Accessibility! If you are looking for details or a starting point for your research as well as detailed information on a specific topic like “Mathematics and Statistics”, “Multimedia Accessibility”, “Wearables”, “Mobile Web“… It is your book about recent Web Accessibility development.

Thanks to my co-authors Ricardo Baeza-Yates and Luz Rello

as well as the editors Yeliz Yesilada and Simon Harper

and do not forget to check out the other chapters !!!

 

https://www.springer.com/us/book/9781447174394

Web Accessibility Second Edition
Web Accessibility: “New and fully updated to cover the last 10 years of accessibility research published since the first edition, this book covers key areas of evaluation and methodology, client-side applications, specialist and novel technologies, along with initial appraisals of disabilities. It provides comprehensive coverage of Web accessibility research. Building on the first, this second edition places more focus on Mobile Web technologies, Web applications, the Internet of Things and future developments where the Web as we know it is blending into infrastructure, and where Web based interface design has become predominant. Written by leading experts in the field, it provides an overview of existing research and also looks at future developments, providing a much deeper insight than can be obtained through existing research libraries, aggregations, or search engines. In tackling the subject from a research rather than a practitioner standpoint, scientists, engineers and postgraduate students will find a definitive and foundational text that includes field overviews, references, issues, new research, problems and solutions, and opinions from industrial experts and renowned academics from leading international institutions including W3C, Google, IBM, and CMU, Colorado and Lisbon Universities.” From https://www.springer.com/us/book/9781447174394

Invited-Talk at GUC, Cairo

At the beginning of October, I had the pleasure to talk at the German University of Cairo (GUC) about  Misconceptions, Neuromyths and Dyslexia. Slides are available at SlideShare.

The two-day Teach the Teacher workshop for teaching assistants was organized by Slim Abdennadher (Vice President of Academic Affairs at the GUC ) and Stefan Schneegass (Assistant Professor at the University of Duisburg-Essen).

Press Release:

 

https://www.upf.edu/home/-/asset_publisher/1fBlrmbP2HNv/content/id/217001292/maximized#.W8dSlxMzZTZ

Call for Participants 2019

Dyslexia Research: Searching for participants

With your collaboration, you would help my research immensely. The goal of our research is to contribute to the development of support tools for dyslexia in any language.

Participants play for 5-10 minutes the game DGames (see Screenshot). This game explores how children with and without dyslexia perceive musical and visual cues.

 

Children at the age of 7 till 12 with or without dyslexia can easily participate in this online study. Only a computer or tablet, headphones, and the Internet are needed.

The child can speak any language as long as the parents or supervisor understands the instructions in English and can translate for the child.

Please if you would like to participate – leave your contact details and I will send you the invitation. Duration only 5 – 10 Minutes.

 

 

 

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Confidentiality

The data for the analysis is pseudonymized. The data will not be given to a third person. By participating in this research, you agree that Universitat Pompeu Fabra will publish the study results. This includes, for example, the results of the game or the interaction with the game. Therefore the data will be first anonymized. After that, the data will be analyzed and published. Within the possibilities, the article of the analysis for the study can be sent to you via the newsletter. Your personal information will not be published. This includes for example name or Email address.

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The project has been awarded with the German Reading Award 2017.

The prototype was designed with the help of five children and five parents who tested the game and the results of  the usability study have been presented 2017 at the research conference Web for all (W4A) in Australia.

The Statistical Analysis of the game measures with 178 participants showed significant indicators to distinguish a person with and without dyslexia.

To make a good prediction we need as many participants as possible! Participants can speak any language! Participants should be either diagnosed with dyslexia or should not show any signs of dyslexia. Please participate!

 

Why do I do that?

bioPicMRaMy name is Maria Rauschenberger and I was detected with dyslexia in the second grade. Since then I successfully achieved my A-Level / Highschool in 2006, graduated my Bachelor of Engineering in 2010 and graduated the Master of Science in 2015. I know how hard it is and how much effort it takes to compensate dyslexia. I know personally more people who have succeeded with dyslexia and have made a success of their lives. I want this possibility for everyone with dyslexia and therefore we need early detection. I want to create support to screen children in an easy and fun way. That’s why I am investigating possibilities with new technologies to screen children. You would really help me to achieve this goal — when you take part in my online study and play the game. Thank you.

Awarded with fem:talent Scholarship

Maria Rauschenberger is awarded wth the fem:talent Scholarship 2017 for her research on Dyslexia.

17.11.2017, Emden.

The University of Applied Science Emden/Leer has awarded for the second time promising students and Ph.D. fellows with the fem:talent Scholarship. The students have to already succeed in their field of expertise or are expected to succeed in the future. The fem:talent Scholarship provides a financial support for a year and a pool to exchange ideas and support.

Maria Rauschenberger  has received the fem:talent Scholarship twice for her research on “playful and early approach to screen children with dyslexia while playing a game”. She will be continuing her work in the next year. “I am very happy to be supported from Emden for the next phase of my Ph.D. topic. This will be hopefully very helpful for  children with dyslexia in the future.” 

2.April. 2018 Update: After the evaluation of the first half, also the second half of the  fem:talent Scholarship (from University of Applied Science Emden/Leer) has been granted.

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v.l.n.r. Prof. Dr. Gerhard Kreutz (Präsident University of Applied Science Emden/Leer ), Maria Rauschenberger, Jutta Dehoff-Zuch (Central equality officer)

Do you wanna support the research on Dyslexia?

The research project is looking for children between 8 and 12 years old with dyslexia and without dyslexia. Only a computer or a tablet, headphones, and Internet are needed.

 

 

Participants can be native speakers of English, Spanish or German.

 

Maria’s advisors are Ricardo Baeza-Yates Professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra & CTO of NTENT and Luz Rello Special Faculty en Cargenie Mellon University & Fundadora de Change Dyslexia. Also, special thanks to Prof. Dr. Jörg Thomaschewski from the University of Applied Science for his mentoring.

Press release:

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Presse release from the University of Applied Science Emden/Leer, http://www.hs-emden-leer.de/

— 21.11.2017, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

We are nominated for the German Reading Awared

Our Game and Approach are nominated for the German Reading Award “Deutscher Lesepreis 2017”. Out of 281 are we under the last 36 projects from all over Germany. We have been nominated in the category ideas for tomorrow “Ideen für morgen”.

Oldenburg/Barcelona 16.09.2017.

Our Game and Approach are nominated for the German Reading Award “Deutscher Lesepreis 2017”. Out of 281 are we under the last 36 projects from all over Germany. We have been nominated in the category ideas for tomorrow “Ideen für morgen”.

The foundation Stiftung Lesen  and the patroness Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, Minister of State Prof. Monika Grütters are awarding in four different categories for the support of reading!

https://www.stiftunglesen.de/presseservice/pressemitteilungen/917

German website version