Collection for readers with dyslexia

Coburg and Glenroy libraries now offer collections suitable for people with dyslexia.

What does the collection for dyslexic readers include?

  • Current adult and junior titles, printed in dyslexie
  • Fiction and non-fiction
  • Library computers have dyslexie font installed
  • Type documents in dyslexie
  • Browse the internet in dyslexie (Chrome browser recommended)
  • Borrow coloured overlays from Information desk for use within the library – these clear sheets provide a different background colour to text and may help with other perceptual difficulties and/or dyslexia

What is dyslexia?

Dyslexia means having trouble with words.

Children and adults with dyslexia have trouble with reading and spelling. This means the way they learn is different.

People with dyslexia have talented and productive minds, they just have a language learning difference.

Who is affected by dyslexia?

Adults and children can have dyslexia.

The Australian Dyslexia Association estimates that 10 per cent of Australians are affected by dyslexia.

There are other terms like Specific Learning Difficulty that may also be used to cover a range of problems that may or may not be dyslexia.

How do they test for dyslexia?

Dyslexia is not a disease, so there are no physical problems.

Also dyslexia is different for everyone – some may only be a little affected while others may have severe problems.

Symptoms of dyslexia can include:

  • Problems learning the letter sounds when reading or spelling
  • Problems reading single words on flash cards
  • Lack of fluency
  • Reading slowly with many mistakes
  • Poor spelling

Other reading difficulties

There are different kinds of problems people have with words.

People with Irlen Syndrome have visual perception issues that mean black text on white is very hard to read.

Changing the background colour may help with reading. These issues might or might not be present with dyslexia.

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