Breakthrough Research & Possible Cure For Dyslexics

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French scientists may have found a breakthrough for people who have dyslexia, as they have claimed that dyslexia is a physiological condition and the cause could be hidden in light-receptor cells in the human eye. If this is correct, this could mean that dyslexia is treatable.

Lack of Asymmetry in Eyes

In a small study, they have found that the cells were arranged in matching patterns in both eyes, which may be the blame for blurring and confusing the brain.

In non-dyslexics, they found that the blue-cone free spot in one eye was round whereas the other eye was unevenly shaped, making one eye more dominant. In dyslexics, both eyes had the same round-shaped spot, which meant that neither eye was dominant.

The researchers, Guy Ropars and Albert le Floch said this lack of asymmetry “might be the biological and anatomical basis of reading and spelling disabilities”.

Possible Treatment

Dyslexia, which is predominantly characterised by a difficulty to read, write and spell, affects 1 in 10 people in the UK. With this new research that indicates that dyslexia could be based on vision – a theory that was believed until the 1950s – it could mean that the condition could be treated.

There has been a discovery of a tiny delay – a magnitude of 10 thousandths of a second – in people with dyslexia that may be able to help erase the challenging mirror image. By using an LED lamp that flashes at speed, the mirror image could be cancelled out.

Tests within a small group have so far shown positive results, which is great news, however further tests are needed to find out its true effectiveness.

At iansyst, we are incredibly excited by this new ground-breaking research, as we understand how dyslexia can affect the individual’s self-confidence and when it’s not treated early on, it can have a lasting effect on school and work performance. We are looking forward to future development and have all fingers crossed to see if this leads to a positive outcome for dyslexics.

World Sight Day: Assistive Technology

WORLD SIGHT DAY

There are approximately 285 million people in the world who are visually impaired or blind. That’s why today (12/10/17) marks the fifth year of World Sight Day; a great opportunity where we can raise awareness and talk about the available support.

How We Can Help

At iansyst, we have a plethora of assistive technology and provision to help anyone with a visual impairment. It’s important to get assessed to find out the level of sight loss and then we can help with each individual’s need and find the relevant tools to assist them.

Technology that supports people with visual impairments

Jaws

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One of the world’s most popular screen readers for Windows, Jaws helps users with vision loss as the software reads content on the computer aloud and in a human-synthesised speech. It also has efficient interaction with web pages, so it can help the user fill in forms and tables correctly. The software also has optical character recognition (OCR), which provides access to previously inaccessible PDFs or scanned images.

High Visibility Keyboards

We have a variety of high visibility keyboards for children and adults. From keyboards with larger letters that can help user readability to keyboards with Bluetooth embedded, which can link the device with not only their computers but also their iPads. We also offer multi-coloured keyboards, which can help individuals, especially children, write with an easy-to-remember colour coordinated system.

Take a look at our full range here.

OrCam

OrCam offers an easy-reading solution so the user can transfer visual information into spoken words. The glasses will instantly read text aloud, such as restaurant menus, books, newspapers and street signs, which allows the user to regain their independence.


At iansyst, we are passionate about finding the latest assistive technology that can help people with visual impairments make day-to-day tasks easier and achieve their full potential.  For more information on any of our products, please get in contact with a member of our staff on 01223 420101.

Talking about Mental Health and Learning Disabilities

Mental Health and Learning Disabilities

One out of four of us suffer from mental health issues each year, however for adults and young people with learning disabilities, mental illness is much more common. Since today is World Mental Health Day, we believe it’s important to look at why this is more prevalent with people who have learning disabilities and to raise awareness around this issue.

There are many obstacles that people with learning difficulties have to face on a day-to-day basis and the frustration and sometimes isolation that can stem from them can increase the likelihood of mental health problems. These obstacles include:

Unemployment   

It’s no secret that people with disabilities are at higher risk of unemployment and find it much harder to get work. In 2016, the unemployment rate for people with no disabilities was at 4.6 percent, however for people with disabilities it’s double that – at 10.5 percent, which has been fixed since 2014. Obviously, unemployment has a significant impact to a person’s mental health, as it causes financial strain and huge self-esteem issues.

Social Attitudes

Even though there has been legislation passed that protects people with disabilities in the workplace and classroom, there are still social barriers that exist and are hard to overcome. This is mainly due to people’s lack of knowledge, which leads to the individuals facing discrimination and, particularly in younger adults and children, are more likely to be bullied and excluded from social activities, which no doubt will have an impact on the individuals’ mental health.

Raising awareness and educating others on different learning disabilities is one way to help reduce the stigma that surrounds some learning disabilities.

Experiencing More Negative Events

With some disabilities, the individual is likelier to experience more traumatic events such as injury and illness, negative attitudes, deprivation and poverty—all of which can have a negative effect on mental health.

If the individual isn’t getting the right support in the classroom or workplace, this can cause deep frustration and embarrassment, which is why it’s essential that these environments can offer the support and adjustments.  If you need more information on this, please visit our website, which offers a range of assistive technology and training sessions for your workplace.

How Can You Help?

Diagnosing mental health problems can be difficult, as Mencap describes: “A major barrier to diagnosing mental health problems in people with a learning disability is that symptoms shown […] might be seen as behaviour related to their learning disability instead of the real problem – the mental health problem. “

It’s important to be aware of some of the following symptoms of poor mental health, such as:

  • Feeling sad
  • Having low energy levels
  • Excessive fears and worries
  • Problems with concentration
  • Anxiety
  • Detachment from reality
  • Outbursts of anger
  • Withdrawal from social activities and friends
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Suicidal thoughts

mental health and learning disabilitiesRemember: each person is different and symptoms can vary, however if you know someone who may be struggling from mental health issues, it’s important to be respectful, start an open and honest dialogue and listen. 

There are many organisations out there that can listen and work with you. Mind, the mental health charity have a phone line and can offer assistance if you need urgent help, so please don’t be discouraged.

Win With Dyslexia Webinar

Introducing

Win With Dyslexia 

Join us for a Free Live Webinar hosted by iansyst

Wednesday 17th May 2017 11:00 – 12:00

  • A New e-learning Platform
  • Video based training and skills development specifically designed for those with Dyslexia
  • Full suite of complimentary resources

Demonstration and Q&A with Ms. Nicola James, Chartered Occ. Psych. and CEO of Lexxic Ltd.

Reserve your FREE Space Now!

#WinWithDyslexia E-Learning Courses Launch

Elearning Courses for Dyslexics

Elearning Courses for Dyslexics

We’re pleased to announce a new suite of e-learning courses, designed for dyslexics and available on dyslexic.com.

The new courses focus on teaching strategies for dyslexics and on developing skillsets with the aim of helping users to achieve goals in work, education and at home. Developed by Lexxic experts, these courses offer a training resource with a new level of support and expanded topics.

The courses follow a new approach, introducing the stories of dyslexic people in everyday situations as they take you on a journey of skillset development.

Read more about our e-learning courses here: www.dyslexic.com/product-category/training/

Win with Dyslexia Competition #WinWithDyslexia

In celebration of the launch of these fantastic e-learning courses, we’re running a #WinWithDyslexia competition with some amazing prizes up for grabs!

The winner with the best story will receive a swanky iPad as well as access to the new e-learning courses. We will also be choosing 3 too-close-to-call runners-up stories and they’ll also get access to the iLexxic courses.

We’re asking dyslexics to share with us their inspirational stories of overcoming challenges. Nicola James, Founder of Lexxic, shared her personal story with us as an example:

“My name is Nicola James. My story and the story of Lexxic begins a few years ago with me struggling to deal with the challenges of my own dyslexia. My dyslexia was picked up quite late. I was already at college and I was questioning very much my abilities, doubting myself and feeling uncertain about the future.

My diagnosis was a turning point. It meant I could understand better the difficulties I’d been experiencing and it meant I could get the support I really needed. I didn’t realise at the time but it set my life on a different course. The support I received was so helpful to me in my work and studies. I decided to dedicate my career to helping other people like myself so that they could also overcome their difficulties and have successful careers and more fulfilling lives.

I gained my qualifications in psychology and I set up my own company for this purpose. We began by doing assessments and offering support for people with conditions like dyslexia. And now, a few years on we’re growing and thriving and we’re launching iLexxic, an exciting new online training resource.”

If you’ve got a motivational story that you’d like to share with others, let us know in the form on our competition page. We’re not looking for an essay, simply 200 words outlining your story. We recommend thinking about your journey and letting us know:

• The challenges
• How you faced difficulties or doubts
• Your successes and new possibilities

Enter online here: 

www.dyslexic.com/competition

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Assistive Technology (APPGAT) launch

Launching APPGAT

Assistive Technology Policy Group

This week, we were invited to enjoy the sublime Speaker’s House in the Palace of Westminster for the celebration of The All Party Parliamentary Group for Assistive Technology (APPGAT) launch.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Assistive Technology has been set up to disseminate knowledge, generate debate and facilitate engagement on assistive technology amongst Members of both Houses of Parliament.

 

 

Guests were welcomed by the current Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow MP at this important event. Bercow discussed his major review of services for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) and his report (The Bercow Report), published in 2008. The newest review (Bercow: Ten Years On) is being researched by I CAN and the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists (RCSLT).

Speeches

Seema Malhotra MP, the nominated Chair for the APPGAT continued the welcome and highlighted the opportunities to the UK economy as a result of new disability employment, discussing the need to close the employment gap and create greater access in society as well as in the workplace.

There was an aspirational video, showcasing the benefits of assistive technology and a speech by Hannah Rose, a young assistive technology user, who highlighted the life changing importance of assistive technologies.

Lord Holmes of Richmond MBE, Britain’s celebrated Paralympic swimmer, followed on to discuss the empowering nature of assistive technologies in his journey through life. There are millions of similar examples of how assistive tech is transformational, he continued, not as a solution but as an enabler alongside everything else.

Leonard Cheshire spoke next and reflected on the extraordinary attitudinal changes to disability over the last 25 years and highlighted that there still remains a significant and unnecessary employment gap between disabled and non-disabled people.

The APPG AT will occupy an important space in the dialogue about employment and disability policy, more so now given the rapid pace of technological change. The first workstream for the APPG AT will be focused around addressing the disability employment gap. This is not only good for individuals but for the workforce as a whole.

Finally Becky Foreman, the UK Corporate Affairs Director for Microsoft (event sponsors) concluded the talks with a short speech on Microsoft’s mission to empower every human being and every organisation on the planet to achieve more.

What next?

Find out what happens at The All Party Parliamentary Group for Assistive Technology via its website and on Twitter (@AT_APPG) – follow the hash tag  .