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I was hopeless at school, messy and terrible at spelling. And although the term dyslexia was not something anyone noticed until much later in my life. When I did understand I was dyslectic it immediately explained a lot of things. My writing often had a jumbled logic. Spell checker didn’t even recognise my words. In fact, my word blindness carried such a conviction that I sometimes found myself staring incredulously at the red line underneath words, before finally realising the “during” did not begin with a “J”. I like to read but I read slowly. Books have always been a struggle as I suffer from Irlen syndrome, which causes black text on a white page difficult to read as the letters become distorted and sometimes

impossible to read. Irlen syndrome is very common in most dyslexics. I got an iphone for Christmas and like many, I spent all my time downloading apps. I downloaded a classic books app but couldn’t read it because of my Irlen syndrome. One way to get round Irlen is to have a different coloured background then white, so I had all these coloured acetate papers stuck on my phone while I read all the classic books that I missed out on as a child. This brought me to an idea of making my own app, which changes the white background to a colour. As Iren syndrome is common in dyslexic people I figured it would benefit many. I was so impressed with my new idea that I contacted

“The British Dyslexia association” and they sponsored me to make this new app. So why do I have a coloured background on my phone instead of on a book? First, an ordinary page of text on a phone is split into about 4 pages. The spacing seems generous and because of this I don’t get lost on the page. Second, the handset’s brightness makes it easier to take in words. Many dyslexics have problems with “crowding” where they’re distracted by the words surrounding the word they’re trying to read.



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