1. DysWebxia 2.0!

 


What?

DysWebxia is a model that integrates the findings from my PhD thesis research with more than 100 people with dyslexia to make the texts more readable by modifying the content and presentation of the text.



Applications So far the apps iDEAL eBook
Reader
and Text4All have integrated DysWebxia.





Why?

Dyslexia is frequent and universal. Even if
dyslexia is commonly identified with famous people,
its a reading disability with a neurological origin its
affects to 10% of the population and it makes
it more difficulty accessing written information.


How?

Research We know from previous research in experimental psychology that modifying the text can have a significant impact on the reading performance of people with dyslexia. Now, digital formats gives us the possibility of making this automatically. But,


Which changes make the text to more readable?

We are finding out which text presentations (fonts, colors, sizes, etc.) and which text content alterations (mind maps, lexical simplification, key words, etc,) benefit people with dyslexia. To find this out we are using human computer interaction methodologies such as eye-tracking and facial expression analysis, giving us     
  the opportunity to directly measure the reading    
    performance.
     For developing the modules we are using natural    
    language processing
techniques among others.
   It the first time that such methods are used for this purpose.



More info?

Do you want your software to be dyslexic-friendly?

I will be happy to help! Please contact me or read our papers! DysWebxia is public!

Before we decided what to include in DysWebxia we tested many other strategies that did not lead to significant results.
Please, let me know if you want to know more about this.

Picture of Luz, Saurabh and Gaurang at Vodafone Foundation Smart Accessibility Awards, presenting the iDEAL eBook Reader Brussels, Belgium. December 2012.

Text Content

Text Presentation

It has a significant effect
on readability of people
with dyslexia.
[W4A 2012, 2013]

People with dyslexia improve their reading with more frequent words [Interact 2013] and find more readable texts that offer synonyms of the complex words
[W4A 2013].

IDEAL eBook Reader

Text4all

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Natural
Language

Processing

Human

Computer

Interaction

Luz, Saurabh and Gaurang at Vodafone Foundation Smart Accessibility Awards, presenting the iDEAL eBook Reader Brussels, Belgium.

Picture of Luz Rello presenting a paper at W4A 2013, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Press

Pictures of the reportage about DysWebxia in Ara newspaper in Catalan - page 2
Pictures of the reportage about DysWebxia in Ara newspaper in Catalan - page 1
Picture of the my DAISY Story in DAISY Planet in English

Reportage about DysWebxia in Ara newspaper in Catalan

Pictures of the reportage about DysWebxia in UPF Journal newspaper in Catalan - page 2
Pictures of the reportage about DysWebxia in UPF Journal newspaper in Catalan - page 1

Reportage about DysWebxia in Revista UPF in Catalan

Luz showing DysWebxia demo at ASSETS 2012, Boulder, Colorado.

Link the video presentation

of the W4A 2013 papers,

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Key Papers

— Demo (pdf)

Rello, Luz; Ricardo Baeza-Yates; Horacio Saggion; Stefan Bott; Roberto Carlini; Clara Bayarri; Azuki Gorriz; Saurabh Gupta; Gaurang Kanvinde & Vasile Topac. 2013.

DysWebxia 2.0! More Accessible Text for People with Dyslexia W4A 2013 - The Paciello Accessibility Challenge. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

— Research Papers

Rello, Luz; Ricardo Baeza-Yates; Laura Dempere & Horacio Saggion. 2013. Frequent words improve readability and short words improve understandability for people with dyslexia. (pdf)

INTERACT 2013. Cape Town, South Africa, 2013.



Rello, Luz; Ricardo Baeza-Yates; Stefan Bott & Horacio Saggion. 2013.

Simplify or Help? Text Simplification Strategies for People with Dyslexia (pdf) W4A 2013. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Best paper award


Rello, Luz; Martin Pielot; Mari-Carmen Marcos & Roberto Carlini. 2013.

Size Matters (Spacing not): 18 Points for a Dyslexic-friendly Wikipedia (pdf) W4A 2013 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Rello, Luz; Kanvinde, Gaurang & Baeza-Yates, Ricardo. 2012.

Layout Guidelines for Web Text and a Web Service to Improve Accessibility for Dyslexics. (pdf) W4A 2012. Lyon, France.

Picture of Luz Rello showing DysWebxia demo at ASSETS 2012, Boulder, Colorado.

by Vasile Topac
Polytechnic University of
Timisoara, Romania

— Finalist in The Paciello Group Web   
    Accessibility Challenge

— A web service with personalized 
    dyslexic-friendly settings

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to go Google Play

  — The first eBook reader for Android
    for people with dyslexia

— Finalist at the Vodafone Foundation
    Smart Accessibility Awards

— More than 8,000 downloads

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