If individuals with special educational needs are equipped with the correct tools, they stand a greater chance of reaching their full potential.
Through trials and feedback from special needs teachers across the world, it has been proven that touch typing and using a computer are formidable and even life changing tools that opens doors for individuals with special educational needs / dyslexia, as it presents a new and powerful medium for learning and communicating.
Although the 'Standard' KAZ touch typing program has proved extremely effective, continued feedback from SEN teachers confirmed that approximately 10% of their students, the majority dyslexics, still suffered with disturbances relating to Visual Stress - that of white glare from background screens causing headaches, blurring, letters rotating, flipping, crowding and running into each other.
So in order to address and help alleviate some of these disturbances, we took advice from several dyslexia experts – most notably, Dr. Sue Fowler and her team at the Dyslexia Research Trust, Reading Clinic and Oxford University.
Over the last fifteen years the Trust have carried out extensive research, trials and visual assessments on over 10,000 children. Results found that the application of a specific shade of blue filter to help stabilize letter movement and of yellow, to minimize blurring, was extremely successful in the majority of children suffering with visual disturbances and had either improved or completely eliminated their problems – resulting in a rapid improvement in reading skills.
These findings, together with the fact that every individual suffering from dyslexia is unique, in regards to the obstacles they encounter when reading and the help they require to alleviate these obstacles was the major points high-lighted.
With this in mind, KAZ incorporated the above mention filters into their course and further developed their programme to produce are New SEN/Dyslexia edition, especially tailored for individual dyslexic users.