There are most probably millions of reading problems and zillions of causes for these problems, and I cannot claim I am an expert in any of them.
Still, no one can assist people with their reading problems without letting them at least starting with a classification of their problem.
There are at least three types of reading problems
- General reading problem
- Problem in focusing on a sentence or a word
- Problem in reading text in the context of an image
Experts in assistive technology specialize in offering technological solution for all three types of problems and most of my time as an assistive technologist is dedicated for developing and offering answers to these problems.
How can these three types of problems be mitigated by assistive technology?
The first, and more common issue, can be approached by text to speech technology, adding our hearing sense to the reading experience. Joining forces, adding hearing to sight, increases comprehension significantly.
The second obstacle is an attention issue, subnormal ability to focus attention on a specific detail, a word or a sentence, in the context of paragraph or a page. The double coloring reader method can be applied to sooth this problem. By marking a sentence with a discernable color and simultaneously mark words in row with another color, the energy needed for reading decreases significantly and reading follows smoother.
Comprehending test inside an image raises formidable difficulties to most dyslexics. Quite frequently images are multi-color constructs. Their creators invest more effort in esthetics than in easing understanding. We all encountered captchas, these annoying images commonly used to confirm you, the surfer are a human being, not a robot. Many times I hoped for the showing up of a technological savior, freeing me from the confusing image. Screenshot reader method is exactly this technological savior for the learning disable. It is an extracting tool, putting the confusing colors and forms aside, and leaving us exactly where we want, reading the text.