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Shoalhaven Libraries Providing Access to Books for Dyslexics


Do you know someone with dyslexia who loves reading?  Shoalhaven Libraries will be launching a new collection of books specifically designed for people living with dyslexia.

This new collection of books feature a font designed to allow people living with dyslexia an easier way to read. People with dyslexia often swap, rotate and flip letters without noticing as some letters are too similar to each other.

Graphic designer Christian Boer who has dyslexia, developed award-winning conversion technology when he found a new font that improved his reading life.  The font has been designed so that every letter is unique in its own form, allowing existing books to be reformatted into high quality, alternative formats both quickly and easily. Christian found that using the font counters the rotation, flipping and reversal of the letters.

The technology and font minimises the apparent fusion of letters because they are too close to each other and uses other techniques to assist with reading.

The book collection will be launched at Nowra Library, Berry Street Nowra on Monday, 4 September 2017 at 4pm. Refreshments will be served. 

Both Nowra and Ulladulla libraries will house the collection of books available in multiple formats, with an initial collection of junior and youth titles.  Shoalhaven Libraries will monitor usage of these collections and will also look at introducing adult titles in the future. 

This collection is an example of how Shoalhaven City Council is working with the community in improving access under the Council’s Disability Inclusion Action Plan.

Media release courtesy of Shoalhaven City Council