[Athen] Was Irlen syndrome- now reading efficacy

Jane Berk berkj at macewan.ca
Mon Apr 20 08:58:19 PDT 2015

Hi Leyna, the attachment from Colorado was posted a little while ago, regarding free options for screenmasking... they start on page 5 of the pdf.

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>>> Leyna Bencomo <lbencomo at uccs.edu> 04/20/15 8:47 AM >>>

Thanks Ron and Heidi for your input. I will get more specifics on where the student is spending most of her time (writing, word processing, surfing, etc.) and see if we can come up with specific solutions. Thank you.

From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Ron Stewart
Sent: Friday, April 17, 2015 9:48 AM
To: 'Access Technology Higher Education Network'
Subject: Re: [Athen] Was Irlen syndrome- now reading efficacy

While I am not going to get into the efficacy of "Irlen Syndrome" it once again shows how some folks can make any research support their views, and line their pockets.

I would say that based on experience one of the most effective tools cross disability is the ability to modify the presentation of content. I worked with a colleague for years that could not read black text on a white background. He had found that changing white to sand made this issue go away. For years I have always printed my materials on an off-white background, because they are easier for me to read.

Most of the low cost, no cost tech developed for print disabilities provides these basic functionality, but not masking. This is typically a technique that is found exclusively in the Testing arena and I would suggesting taking a look at the Nimble Tools solution which was developed as part of the Smarter Balanced consortia.

Ron Stewart

From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Heidi Scher
Sent: Friday, April 17, 2015 10:26 AM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network
Subject: Re: [Athen] Irlen syndrome

Maybe changing the background color in the system colors would be helpful. I have mine changed to a light blue instead of white and it makes a huge difference as to how long I can look at a computer screen. However, any page that is coded to be white will still be white (such as a webpage).


Heidi Scher, M.S., CRC
Associate Director
Center for Educational Access
University of Arkansas
ARKU 209
Fayetteville, AR 72701
479.575.7445 fax
479.575.3646 tdd

On Mon, Apr 13, 2015 at 6:06 PM, Leyna Bencomo <lbencomo at uccs.edu> wrote:
I have a new student who is able to read more clearly and accurately using a cyan transparency over printed material. I know that Read & Write Gold has a very nice masking tool to use on the screen which works great for her on campus computers. However, the student is wanting the same sort of function on her own laptop (pc). Does anyone know of any cheap or freeware that masks the color of the screen? I've found a couple of apps for iphones but nothing else.

Leyna Bencomo
Assistive Technology Specialist, Information Technology
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
lbencomo at uccs.edu
(719) 255-4202

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