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dyslexia: sources

From: Al Gilman <asgilman@iamdigex.net>
Date: Fri, 07 Sep 2001 22:23:12 -0400
Message-Id: <200109080200.WAA9475409@smtp2.mail.iamworld.net>
To: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
John Mullen is a gold mine of knowledge.  He is a dyslexic math professor. 
Epitomizes all my favorite theories, in a way.

In any case, since I consider him a high quality window into a
little-illuminated world (at least in our understanding level) and he
a good book in this post to EASI-SEM, I thought I would pass the message


An introduction to EASI-SEM is available at


but there doesn't seem to be a web archive for this list.  It's been very
most of the time over the last two years.

>Date: Fri, 07 Sep 2001 17:52:46 -0600
>From: John Mullen <jomullen@nmsu.edu>
>Subject: RE: Checking
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>HI Jennifer,
>As an adult dyslexic, let me say that simultaneous presentation of text and
>a voice reading the material works best.  Recording for the Blind and
>Dyslexic (<http://www.rfbd.org/>http://www.rfbd.org/) provides tapes of many
texts as well as some
>low-cost hardware.
>There is also a factor of the way in which people use language.  I have
>found, to my surprise, that virtually all of the authors I read regularly
>are dyslexic.  My theory is that dyslexics use language differently than
>others.  The tapes tend to magnify this effect.  Some books are as hard for
>me to read with tapes as without them while others become very much clearer,
>once I get around the physical difficulties with vision.
>This being the case, it would seem that dyslexics write differently than
>others.  My most useful text on this has been "Writing to the Point," by
>Kerrigan and Metcalf.  Also, I listen to what I write, using a screen reader
>(Dragon Dictate).  I get a better sense of what I am doing that way.
>Of course, your mileage may vary.  Try what every you can and keep doing
>what works.
>John Mullen
>-----Original Message-----
>From: owner-easi-sem@ase-listmail.rit.edu
e-listmail.rit.edu]On Behalf Of Jennifer Clancy
>Sent: Friday, September 07, 2001 4:06 AM
>To: easi-sem@ase-listmail.rit.edu
>Subject: Re: Checking
>Dear Tom,
>Noticed you letter - also Norman's reply. Especially took note that you are
>in Australia. Checked out your web link and joined the Queensland Adaptech
>I have been browsing (occassionally contributing to) a number of lists
>concerned with Adaptive Technology for a couple of years. My interest arose
>from my difficulties in not knowing how to teach adults with Learning
>Difficulties/Disabilities in the area of reading and writing.
>At this time I became interested in exploring the potential of adaptive
>technology (screen readers, more sophisticated spell checks and predictive
>writing software). But  I was working at places that barely had access to
>computers - or the funding had disappeared and I was not working at all. So,
>I just kept reading and hoping I would sometime have the chance to explore
>this adaptive technology with some students. Now, I have learned a lot more
>about the learning/teaching of reading (in particular) and am working with
>high school kids. While it is possible to "eye ball" the youngest (Years 7 &
>8) in a classroom situation, and do something to circumvent their negative
>experiences with print, I am aware that there are older high school students
>(beyond my physical reach) who could benefit from adaptive technology which
>could impact positively upon their reading and writing
>difficulties/disabilities. I have not yet been able to set-up, for these
>students, any of the programs that exist in this area. I would love to hear
>of anyone's experience in this matter - with   students of whatever age.
>Jennifer Clancy
>Original Message -----
>From: "MACMAHON, Tom" <Tom.MacMahon@qed.qld.gov.au>
>To: "'EASI-SEM@listserv.isc.rit.edu'" <easi-sem@listmail.rit.edu>
>Sent: Friday, August 31, 2001 4:04 PM
>Subject: Checking
>> Hi,
>> I have been subscribed to this list for some months, but heard nothing. Is
>> it alive?
>> If so, I'll be sending some questions and info along.
>> Cheers,
>> Tom.
>> Tom Macmahon
>> Adaptive Technology Services
>> Low Incidence Unit, Education Queensland
>> 141 Merton Road
>> Woolloongabba, Q 4102.
>> Ph:    07 3240-9360
>> Fax:   07 3240-9300
>> Web:  
>> Email: tom.macmahon@qed.qld.gov.au
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