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Dyslexia is often under-diagnosed and frequently misunderstood, but it can have a big impact on the lives of the people who have it. There's evidence to suggest that people with dyslexia are better at identifying patterns and other visual information than non-dyslexics, are often more persistent and better at creative thinking, and develop minds that work in unusually effective ways.
Nothing is without drawbacks, however, and the struggles people with dyslexia have with the written word and memorising verbal information can have a profound effect on their experience of education and their lives as a whole. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to help minimise the impact and to make reading a little easier for you.
Experiment With Colours And Fonts
Colour makes a huge difference to the reading experience of many people with dyslexia. It seems that black text on a white background is exactly the worst thing you can ask a dyslexic person to read; even using cream paper rather than white helps, and pastel colours seem to be best of all for many. You can't keep everyone in your life using white paper, but you can buy translucent acetate overlays to put over paper yourself. Other products on the market include tinted glasses lenses and computer screen overlays. Different colours work best for different people, so start by buying a multipack of overlays and experiment to figure out which is the best shade for you.
Colour isn't the only thing that makes a difference, though: font can be just as important. Research has shown that a sans-serif monospaced typeface is ideal, and several open source fonts have been developed specifically with the dyslexic reader in mind. Try to work with typed text as often as possible; handwriting comprehension can be difficult for neurotypical people, so those with dyslexia are likely to struggle even more.
Embrace The Power Of The Spoken Word
Reading and writing is difficult for those with dyslexia--but speaking and listening are often key skills. Voice recognition software has now advanced to the point where you can use it to write an essay, and many academic texts are now available in audio format. If you're at university, you can try recording your lectures rather than taking notes in them--though do get your lecturer's permission first! This tip isn't helpful only in educational environments, however; you can also record meetings this way with the consent of everyone present, and use audio typing for emails and business communications.
For more information, contact an expert in learning difficulties in your area.