SeeWord - a personal word processing environment for dyslexic computer users

Peter Gregor, Anna Dickinson, Alison Macaffer, Peter Andreasen

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    Abstract

    SeeWord is a highly configurable word processing environment, which assists dyslexic users when producing and reading text. The software was developed using a user-centred development cycle where user feedback contributed to each revision. Evaluations showed that users were able to find individualised combinations of settings using the specialised software, which they used in preference to the black-on-white text that is usually displayed on computer monitors. Three separate prototypes of the software were developed and evaluated. The third prototype was used in an experimental study with 6 dyslexic school pupils. The research showed that 5 out of the 6 dyslexic users aged 14–16 years benefited from the use of specialised software when reading text from a computer screen. Participants were able to read standard texts from a screen significantly more accurately with the aid of SeeWord. All participants reported that they felt they could read text from the screen better using the software. The results suggest that a larger scale evaluation of the software would provide valuable information about problems associated with computer use by people with dyslexia. A further study into the visual processes involved in dyslexia would also be of great value.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)341-355
    Number of pages15
    JournalBritish Journal of Educational Technology
    Volume34
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2003

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